Science News Roundup: Scottish flying reptile fossil leaves scientists ‘stunned’; Musk’s Starlink connects remote villages in Tonga still isolated after tsunami

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Scottish flying reptile fossil leaves scientists speechless

A fossil jawbone jutting from a limestone shoreline on Scotland’s Isle of Skye led scientists to discover the skeleton of a pterosaur that showed these remarkable flying reptiles reached tens of millions of years earlier than we didn’t know before. Researchers said on Tuesday that this pterosaur, named Dearc sgiathanach, lived about 170 million years ago during the Jurassic Period, hovering over lagoons in a subtropical landscape and catching fish and squid with perfect interlocking teeth. to catch slippery prey.

Musk’s Starlink connects remote villages in Tonga still isolated after tsunami

Elon Musk’s satellite company has launched a free broadband internet service to connect remote villages in Tonga that have been cut off since a devastating volcanic eruption and tsunami in January. Tonga’s Prime Minister Siaosi Sovaleni said at a ceremony in the capital, Nuku’alofa, on Wednesday that 50 VSAT terminals provided free of charge by Musk’s SpaceX would be distributed to the outer islands most affected by the tsunami.

(With agency contributions.)