This video from Britain is called Prehistoric beast named after Isle of Wight girl who found fossil.
From the BBC:
20 March 2013 Last updated at 11:52 GMT
Isle of Wight girl Daisy Morris has flying prehistoric beast named after her
A nine-year-old girl has had a prehistoric beast named in her honour after fossilised bones she found turned out to be an undiscovered species.
Daisy Morris from the Isle of Wight stumbled upon the remains on Atherfield beach four years ago.
A scientific paper stated the newly discovered species of pterosaur would be called Vectidraco daisymorrisae.
Fossil expert Martin Simpson said this was an example of how “major discoveries can be made by amateurs“.
Daisy’s mum Sian Morris said her daughter had started fossil hunting aged three and came across the blackened “bones sticking out of the sand” in 2009, when she was four years old.
The Morris family, from Whitwell, approached Southampton University‘s ‘Fossil Man’ Mr Simpson with Daisy’s finds in 2009.
“I knew I was looking at something very special. And I was right,” said Mr Simpson.
The fossil turned out to be a new genus and species of small pterosaur; a flying reptile from the Lower Cretaceous period:
Vectidraco daisymorrisae. Vectidraco means ‘dragon from the Isle of Wight’, and daisymorrisae honours Daisy Morris
The new species and name was confirmed in a scientific paper published on Monday.
Mr Simpson said the island’s eroding coastline meant the fossil would have been “washed away and destroyed if it had not been found by Daisy”.
Mrs Morris, a teaching assistant, said: “She has a very good eye for tiny little fossils and found these tiny little black bones sticking out of the mud and decided to dig a bit further and scoop them all out.
“We are all very proud of her”.
The confirmation of Vectidraco daisymorrisae comes a week after the discovery on the island of an almost complete skeleton of a 12-feet long dinosaur.
Pterosaurs were flying reptiles that lived in the same time period as dinosaurs, up to 220 millions years ago.
Pterosaur or dinosaur?
Pterosaurs were flying reptiles – the first winged vertebrates
They lived at the same time as the dinosaurs (from about 220 to 65 million years ago) – but were an evolutionarily distinct group
Species ranged from sparrow-sized to the largest known flying creature, with a 12m wingspan
So, Belgian news agency Belga was wrong to call Daisy’s new species a dinosaur.
Why pterosaurs weren’t so scary after all. These flying reptiles are traditionally seen as scaly, ungainly beasts, but the discovery of new fossils has led to some surprising findings: here.
How Pterosaurs Ruled the Skies Above the Dinosaurs: here.
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