Science Rules

9-Year-Old Achieves Your Childhood Dream, Has Prehistoric Flying Reptile Named After Her

The new species will be called "vectidraco daisymorrisae."
(Photo: ICWP.co.uk)

(Photo: ICWP.co.uk)

So you think you’re pretty smart, huh? Maybe you went to a good college, got a cushy tech job right after and are working to unleash your own product on to the world? That’s cool, but did you discover an unknown prehistoric species at age 4? Didn’t think so.

Daisy Morris, a 9 year old from the Isle of Wight, was taking a walk on the beach four years ago when she discovered some “blackened bones” sticking out of the sand. An amateur fossil hunter since she was 3, Ms. Morris took the bones home and studied them, before her family decided to turn them over to a professor at Southampton University. According to the BBC, “The fossil turned out to be a new genus and species of small pterosaur; a flying reptile from the Lower Cretaceous period.”

The newly found flying reptile will be named “Vectidraco daisymorrisae,” after Ms. Morris. How jealous is your 9-year-old self right now?

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