China – Darwin Link

RZSS is celebrating Chinese New Year at Edinburgh Zoo and Highland Wildlife Park with activities and stamp displays  on the 13th and 14th February 2010. China has some wonderful stamps and they will be used in all our information displays on the culture and wildlife of the country.

Anyway it got me thinking about any links with Darwin. And in 2009, a new fossil, a missing link which is a transitional form between animals, was found in north-east China. It has been named Darwinopterus after Charles Darwin!

It is a type of pterosaur, ‘flying dinosaurs’. They lived between 220million and 65million years ago. Read all about it at the following links:

http://scienceblogs.com/tetrapodzoology/2009/10/darwinopterus_transitional.php

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/8306060.stm

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