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The Dinosaur Encyclopedia - Pterodactyls

A Collection of Articles About Pterodactyls

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Pterodactylus, aka the "pterodactyl," in flight (Alain Beneteau)

Believe it or not, there's no such animal as pterodactyl; that's the informal word many people use to refer to either Pterodactylus or Pteranodon, two distinct genera of pterosaur that flew the world's skies during the Mesozoic Era. Here are some basic facts about these avian reptiles.

Articles About Pterodactylus and Pteranodon

These brief profiles of Pterodactylus and Pteranodon include basic information about these pterosaurs, including their habitats, their proportions, and their appearance and behavior.

Read 10 Facts About Pterodactyls for information you may or may not have known about these pterosaurs. For example, were you aware that both Pterodactylus and Pteranodon spent much of their time walking on all four legs?

Pterodactylus and Pteranodon have inspired paleo-artists ever since their discovery. Here's a gallery of Pterodactylus and Pteranodon pictures, including fossils, museum exhibits, and depictions by illustrators.

Read a profile of Georges Cuvier, the French paleontologist who named Pterodactylus, as well as a profile of Othniel C. Marsh, the American paleontologist who named Pteranodon.

Other Articles About Pterodactyls

"Pterodactyl" (Pterodactylus and Pteranodon) wasn't the only avian reptile of the Mesozoic era; other pterosaurs were bigger and stranger, and even some feathered dinosaurs were starting to evolve in the direction of powered flight:

Pterosaurs - The Flying Reptiles
Dino-Birds - The Small, Feathered Dinosaurs
The Origins of Flight - How Feathered Dinosaurs Learned to Fly
A Complete, A to Z List of Avian Reptiles

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