Pteranodon the largest winged Reptile

Although not a Dinosaur, Pteranodon belonged to the same clade ( natural group). Pteranodon was a large winged reptile belonging to a family of flying reptiles known as  pterosaur. 

Their fossils were first discovered in 1870 in western Kansas.

It was known for the large blade-like crest on its head. The adult male had a bigger crest and the body was 50% larger.

Pteranodon had a wingspan of 7 metres (23 feet) or more, and its toothless jaws were very long and pelican-like. Its body was covered in short, thick, hair-like structures called pycnofibers.Its wingspan and structure suggests that it flew a lot like present day Albatross

The design of Pteranodon’s jaws and the discovery of fossilized fish bones and scales with Pteranodon specimens suggest that it was a fish eater. As compared with the size of the wings, the body was small (about as large as a modern turkey ), but the hind limbs were relatively large compared with the torso.

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