Watering the Air
Getting the dirt on carbon
Middle school science adventures
Salamanders and Newts
Firefly Delight
The Secret Lives of Grizzlies
Gliders in the Family
Night of the living ants
Wake Up, Sleepy Gene
Mosquito duets
Chemistry and Materials
Heaviest named element is official
The science of disappearing
Earth from the inside out
A Classroom of the Mind
Seen on the Science Fair Scene
Nonstop Robot
Dinosaurs and Fossils
Dinosaurs Grow Up
Teeny Skull Reveals Ancient Ancestor
Did Dinosaurs Do Handstands?
E Learning Jamaica
Results of GSAT are in schools this week
E Learning in Jamaica WIN PRIZES and try our Fun Animated Games
2014 GSAT Results for Jamaican Kids
Undersea Vent System Active for Ages
Coral Gardens
Arctic Algae Show Climate Change
The Wolf and the Cow
Little Bits of Trouble
Sea Otters, Kelp, and Killer Whales
Finding the Past
Childhood's Long History
The Taming of the Cat
Of Lice and Old Clothes
Food and Nutrition
Recipe for Health
Chocolate Rules
How Super Are Superfruits?
GSAT English Rules
Whoever vs. Whomever
Capitalization Rules
Subject and Verb Agreement
GSAT Exam Preparation Jamaica
Results of GSAT are in schools this week
The Annual GSAT Scholarships
2014 GSAT Results for Jamaican Kids
GSAT Exams Jamaica Scholarships
GSAT Scholarship
Access denied - Disabled boy aces GSAT
42,000 students will sit for the GSAT Exam in two weeks
GSAT Mathematics
Losing with Heads or Tails
Math Naturals
E Learning in Jamaica WIN PRIZES and try our Fun Animated Games
Human Body
Flu Patrol
Germ Zapper
Taste Messenger
African Warthogs
Expert report highlights the importance to parents of reading to children!
The Surprising Meaning and Benefits of Nursery Rhymes
Choosing a Preschool: What to Consider
Project Music
Speedy stars
Electric Backpack
The algae invasion
City Trees Beat Country Trees
Underwater Jungles
Space and Astronomy
A Dead Star's Dusty Ring
A Dusty Birthplace
Super Star Cluster in the Neighborhood
Technology and Engineering
Machine Copy
Toy Challenge
Dancing with Robots
The Parts of Speech
What is a Noun
What is a Preposition?
Problems with Prepositions
Are Propellers Fin-ished?
Robots on the Road, Again
Robots on a Rocky Road
Arctic Melt
Weekend Weather Really Is Different
Either Martians or Mars has gas
Add your Article

Tiny Pterodactyl

Imagine a creature that's a cross between a dinosaur and a bird and you'll have a good idea of what a pterodactyl looked like. These ancient creatures were reptiles, but they flew. In fact, they were probably the first vertebrates to fly. Pterodactyls could be huge. Some had wingspans that measured up to 10 meters (33 feet). But now, researchers working in northeastern China have found evidence of an extremely small pterodactyl. The animal's wingspan measured just 25 centimeters (10 inches). The creature was about the size of a house sparrow. The tiny pterodactyl has been named Nemicolopterus crypticus, which means "hidden flying forest dweller." The animal had no teeth. And it lived 120 million years ago, say the scientists who found the fossil. They work at the National Museum of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, in Brazil. The scientists found the fossil buried in rocks. Other fossils found in these same rocks indicate that the region used to be at the bottom of a lake in a heavily forested area. Many of the bones in the animal's feet were strongly curved. That suggests that N. crypticus spent a lot of time grasping tree limbs, says lead researcher Alexander W.A. Kellner. On the basis of the size of its skull bones, the researchers could tell that the animal was not fully grown. They don't know how much bigger it might have become. But, Kellner says, "even if it were doubled in size, it would still be the smallest pterosaur yet found."—Emily Sohn

Tiny Pterodactyl
Tiny Pterodactyl

Designed and Powered by™