Pteranodon

Pteranodon longiceps

  • Pronounced:  ter - An - o - don

  • Diet:  Carnivore (Meat-Eater)

  • Name Means:  "wing without tooth"

  • Length:  30 feet (9 m)

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  • Weight:  45 pounds (20 kilos)

  • Time:  Late Cretaceous - 85 MYA

Fossil remains for this Dinosaur have been found in Central U.S.

First thing, Pteranodon is not a dinosaur, it is a flying reptile. A really big flying reptile! When it spread its wings, it could reach from the front to the back of school bus. Just imagine something that big flying around. It didn't have feathers, but it may have had a covering of fur, sort of like a bat.

Members of the pterosaur family lived through much of the Mesozoic, some with wingspans close to 50 feet. Pteranodon, as you can tell by the translation of its name, had no teeth. It probably used the long crest on the back of its head to help it steer while flying. There is still some debate about whether these reptiles could actually fly or if they were primarily gliders, but the consensus seems to be that they could take off with little or no wind.

Their diet was probably fish and scavenged remains of dead animals. Quite a few Pteranodon skeletons have been found in Kansas in the central part of the U.S. This would have been the shore of a shallow sea when these creatures were alive, supporting the theory that they were fish eaters.



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