pteranodon longiceps

Check out Pteranodon longiceps on this #FossilFriday.
Pterosaur bones were thin and fragile, much like bird bones, and they often drifted apart, shattered, or became scrambled before they could be preserved. As a result, Pterosaur fossils are very rare.
Pteranodon was one of the largest species of pterosaurs, and had a wingspan of up to 20 feet (6 meters). This 85 million-year-old fossil was found in the Niobara Formation in Kansas. Here we see Pteranodon’s head, toothless jaws, and the beginning of of its long, backward-pointing crest (missing) in the upper left corner.

Learn more in Pterosaurs: Flight in the Age of Dinosaurs. 

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