Pterosaur

No. 299729

by Safari Ltd
$5.99USD

Pterosaurs were the first reptiles to develop powered flight. They lived for a long time, from the Late Triassic to the End of the Cretaceous (228-66 million years ago). Although they are sometimes referred to as ‘flying dinosaurs,’ this is incorrect. Although they are closely related to dinosaurs, they are technically just outside of the group, so paleontologists refer to pterosaurs ad dinosaurs as ‘sistergroups’.

  • Characteristics: Unlike birds, which have wings mostly made of feathers, the wings of pterosaurs are made of skin, more like a modern bat. However, the skin membrane of the bat’s wing is supported by four really long fingers. A pterosaur wing has only one long finger supporting its leading (front) edge. So, although the pterosaur wing and bat wing are superficially similar, they are quite different under the skin. Pterosaurs lived on earth for a long time, so there are many different kinds.
  • Size and Color: This model is 4 inches long and 7 inches wide. It is medium brown with a lighter colored head.
  • the Pterosaur is part of the Wild Safari® Prehistoric World collection
  • All of our products are Non-toxic and BPA free

History

The first pterosaur was described a long time ago – in 1784. Pterosaurs were first thought to be swimmers because the paleontologist who found it thought that its wings were paddles. Soon after, the famous French anatomist and paleontologist Georges Cuvier realized that the paddles were actually wings, and that this was a flying creature. He named it ‘Pterodacylus’, meaning ‘wing finger’. To this day, it is common use the informal version, ‘pterodactyl’, to refer to all members of the group, but the correct term is ‘pterosaur’.

  • Size in cm: 10 L x 18 W x
  • Size in inches: 3.94 L x 7.09 W x
  • UPC: 095866299705
The oldest pterosaurs had long jaws full of teeth. The probably ate fish, like a modern gull. They had a long tail to help them steer as they flew. Many later pterosaurs lost their teeth and may have replaced them with a beak. Their tails became very short, and some pterosaurs developed a large crest on their head that worked like a rudder. Others flexed their bodies and shift their weight to steer. Some pterosaurs became huge, with a wingspan of up to 36 feet - as big as a small airplane.