February 9, 2020

Plesioteuthis subovata fossil

An article published in the journal “Scientific Reports” presents a study that brings evidence that some pterosaurs ate cephalopods. A team of researchers led by paleontologist René Hoffmann of the University of Ruhr in Bochum (Ruhr-Universität Bochum, RUB) examined fossils of a squid-like animal of the species Plesioteuthis subovata that lived about 150 million years ago, in the Jurassic period, preserved with a tooth of a pterosaur of the species Rhamphorhynchus muensteri. This discovery provides information on this pterosaur’s eating habits and the fact that that cephalopod lived near the surface of the water.