Three new species of pterosaurs with sharp teeth that inhabited the Earth 100 million years ago in the Sahara desert and that caught fish in flight were discovered by scientists.
Fossil remnants of sharp-toothed pterosaurs were found in Africa by an international team of scientists led by Baylor University in Texas, USA.
The newly discovered reptile had a wing span of almost four meters and flew at a high altitude over the vast river ecosystem that existed in the Sahara at that time, making use of its long wings to catch fish.
Experts were able to identify three new species thanks to fragments of toothed jaws from fossils discovered in the small village of Beggaa, in southeastern Morocco.
Pterosaurs lived in an African ecosystem full of life, with predatory fish, crocodiles, turtles and dinosaurs, writes Daily Mail.
"Pterosaur fossils are very rare, with most of them from Europe, South America and Asia," said Megan L. Jacobs, who led the study at Baylor University.
"These new findings are remarkable and open a window to the world of pterosaurs in Africa from the Cretaceous period," he added.
"Even being such big animals, they would weigh very little, the wingspan was between three and four meters, their bones being very thin and porous, full of air, very similar to today's birds. This allowed these creatures reach surprising sizes and still be able to fly high in the skies. "
Pterosaurs caught their prey in flight, thanks to their large, sharp teeth, the team of scientists revealed.