Pterodactyls

By Fred Zacher . Created on Jun 15, 2021
Pterodactyls are an extinct species of winged reptiles (pterosaurs) that lived during the Jurassic period (about 150 million years ago.) Many pterodactyl fossils are preserved in Bavaria, Germany. During the Jurassic, the region was a swampy wetland at the edge of an ancient sea. Organisms that fell or washed into the wetland became buried in soft mud. This mud slowly hardened into limestone, turning the organisms' bodies into fossils. "Pterodactyl" combines the Greek words for "wing" (ptero) and "finger" (dactyl). Pterodactyls flew using wings formed by a tough membrane stretching from their bodies to their elongated fourth finger. (The fourth fingers on this pterodactyl stretch past the animal's tailbone!) A pterodactyl's wingspan was about 3 feet to 36 feet. Pterodactyls had long beaks filled with about 90 teeth. They used these teeth to prey on fish, the main source of food in their diet. Pterodactyls were not dinosaurs! Dinosaurs are generally considered to walk upright, on either two legs (like T. Rex) or four legs (like stegosaurus). Pterodactyls often didn't walk at all (they flew), and when they did walk, they waddled on their back legs and pointed wings. Animals like pterodactyls are called pterosaurs. Juvenile pterodactyls were called flaplings! I've listed six different types of 136 known fossil remains.
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Alanga
Rebecca said on Jun 24, 2021
Thanks for the info👍
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Jeanette said on Jun 22, 2021
Wow!
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Damien said on Jun 17, 2021
Closely related is the quetzalcoatlus. (Had to google the spelling.) That's the one I like. Had not heard of any of the above, and I used to really be in to the ancient lizards and reptiles.
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Fred Zacher said on Jun 17, 2021
The quetzalcoatlus is on several of the large value silver Peso coins from Mexico.
Deborah said on Jun 17, 2021
These are neat good poll Fred 😊
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Fred Zacher said on Jun 17, 2021
Thank you for the comment.
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Beth said on Jun 17, 2021
winged reptiles (pterosaurs) that should be "who" not "that". I'm glad you did your research however, how about learning your grammar too!
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Fred Zacher said on Jun 17, 2021
I hate to tell you this but I copied and pasted the information directly from a National Geo article. So if professional editors and proof readers gave their blessings, who am I to disagree. Bless your heart.
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Damien said on Jun 17, 2021
The Associated Press Stylebook (AP style) says that animals with names should be referred to as who, while animals without names should be referred to as that or which.
pjv5119 said on Jun 16, 2021
I would love to see some scientist find some intact bones or whatever and grow one from their DNA. Jurassic Park here we come.
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Rick said on Jun 16, 2021
I would want 2 for pets
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Brian said on Jun 16, 2021
That would be kind of cool if you could train them to pickup items curbside you have ordered from a store and have them fly them back to you...
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Catherine said on Jun 16, 2021
Just glad that there are extinct.