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PTERANODON


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FAST FACTS

PERIOD: LATE CRETACEOUS
LENGTH: UP TO 7.25 M
WEIGHT: UP TO 93 KG

How do you say it?

terr-ANN-owe-don

Discovery:

When:       1870
Where:      Kansas
By Who:    O.C. Marsh
 

Fun Facts:

Paleontologists assume Pteranodon lived primarily on offshore rookeries, much like many
sea-going birds do today.

Pteranodon likely flew much like modern albatrosses – primarily soaring, with occasional
periods of powered (flapping) flight.

Pteranodon crests are assumed to have been used primarily for sexual display.

Fly

How did reptiles fly?

Pteranodon, which is a genus of flying reptile, or pterosaur, is NOT a dinosaur. However, they lived during the same time periods and ruled the skies much like dinosaurs ruled the land.

Pterosaurs are a perfect example of how nature often finds different ways to accomplish any feat; in this case, allowing large, heavy animals to fly. For any animal to fly it must have wings. Birds' wings are made from feathers and specially modified bones of the upper and lower arms and fingers. Pterosaur wings are made from a flap of skin stretched from the hind legs to the forearm and an extremely long fourth finger on each hand, much like a kite is made from a piece of material stretched between supporting rods.