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PTERANODON LONGICEPS

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Pteranodon longiceps full skeleton in flying position
Species: Pteranodon longiceps
Location: Niobrara region, western Kansas Usa
Age: Upper Cretaceous

Pterandodon, latin name for a kind of pterosaurus meaning “creature with no teeth able to steal”.
During the years, this specie was baptized under the name of Pteranodon inges, but it is now known
under the name of Pteranodon longiceps. The term “longiceps” means “who bears an outstretched
head”, alluding to this creature’s large head overcome by an impressive crest for the males, visible here
on one of the specimens.
These creatures evolved in the Interior Sea of West North America. Pteranodon fossils were discovered
160km of what was the sea’s shore. Paleotologists presume they were able to fly large distances and
were skillful fishers.
Males were larger than females, with a maximum wingspan of about 7 meters. Male crest and skull were
longer, here we have the skull of a male that measures 123cm! Their long toothless beaks were used to
fish.
The pterosaurus’ bones, particularly the wings, are hollow, light, and thin (some are even barely a
milimeter thick!). They are perfectly tuned to fly. Also, the Pteranodon’s back interior vertebraes are
binded in a block solid enough to support the rib cage and large wings.

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