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Read the latest news from the University, from student success stories and alumni achievements to research breakthroughs across our 5 faculties.

10 articles found

Beak bone reveals pterosaur like no other University of Portsmouth experts unearth some astonishing fossils from fieldwork in Morocco.

13 October 2020 4 min read

A new species of small pterosaur - similar in size to a turkey - has been discovered, which is unlike any other pterosaur seen before due to its long slender toothless beak.

Kiwi pterosaur Meg Jacobs2-800x400

New study shows how extinct flying reptiles evolved surprisingly sensitive beaks Scientists have discovered that pterosaurs used the sensitive tip of their beak to find food.

15 September 2020 6 min read

Pterosaurs - winged cousins of dinosaurs - evolved sensitive beaks to allow them to find food, like modern birds such as ducks, sandpipers and kiwis, according to a new paper by the universities of Portsmouth and Bath.

Pterosaur sniffing Meg Jacobs artwork-800-400

Discovery shows giant predatory dinosaur was an aquatic 'river-monster'

29 April 2020 3 min read

An historic discovery of fossils by an international team including Professor David Martill at the University of Portsmouth and Dr David Unwin at the University of Leicester and has revealed the remains of the first aquatic dinosaur.

Aquatic dinosaur

Fourth new pterosaur discovery in matter of weeks University of Portsmouth palaeobiologists have identified another new species of pterosaur

02 April 2020 4 min read

Hot on the heels of a recent paper discovering three new species of pterosaur, University of Portsmouth palaeobiologists have identified another new species – the first of its kind to be found on African soil.

Image shows artwork of the Afrotapejara zouhrii. Credit: Megan Jacobs, Baylor University, Texas

Scientists find first fossil plant gum on record The beautiful, amber-like material has been discovered in 110 million year old fossilised leaves

25 February 2020 3 min read

A remarkable new treasure has been found by PhD student Emily Roberts from the University of Portsmouth - the first fossil plant gum on record.

fossil gum found in leaves

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