A prehistoric flying reptile, similar to birds. However, there is no direct evolutionary link between the two.
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Pteranodons in their habitat
On the rocks
- Wingspan: 7 m
- Mass: 20 kg
- hollow, lightweight bones
- membrane wings
- bony crest
- developed brain
The Pteranodon longiceps was a flying reptile that existed around 85 million years ago during the late Cretaceous period. The word ‘Pteranodon’ is derived from a composition of the Greek words for wing and toothless.
The reptile’s wingspan reached up to 7 metres; its body length was 1.8 metres while its weight was 20 kilograms.
The Pteranodon longiceps settled along rocky shores, where it fed mainly on fish. Its body was presumably covered with hair, which had a role in thermal insulation, since the animal was warm-blooded. Its well-developed brain, perfect sight and hollow bones assisted it in flying.
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