Examples of Pterodactyloids-Page 2


Dsungaripterus (To hear pronunciation choose: Mac/Win) is a medium sized Pterodactyloid with a wing span no larger than three meters. The jaws are specialized: the upper jaw is upturned and modified to snap open clams. The front of the mouth is toothless, while the back contains broad blunt teeth, which may have helped in crushing the shells.

Dsungaripterus remains are usually found in large quantities suggesting that they lived in colonies and had a significant measure of parental care over their young.

They have been found primarily in northwestern China, but other species have been reported from South America.



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