85 million years ago, when central North America was covered by a seaway, Pteranodon longiceps roamed the skies. Perhaps one of the most recognizable pterosaurs, its long, backward-pointing crest and immense size (a wingspan of up to 20 feet!) have made it a favorite for generations.
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.