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We were today years old when we learned that the term "Pterodactyl" is a pop culture name most people prefer to use, not a scientific one, when referring to two popular Pterosaurs from the Mesozoic period - Pteranodon and Pterodactylus.
Interesting facts about Pterosaurs:
- Neither Pteranodon nor Pterodactylus had feathers, they were reptilian in appearance and scientists believe Pterosaurs walked on all 4 legs - like modern lizards.
- Pterodactylus was the first Pterosaur discovered, with a wingspan of 2 to 8 feet. Pteranodon (which came tens of millions of years later) had a wingspan of up to 30 feet! But the Quetzalcoatlus (from Cretaceous period) had a giant wingspan of 35-40 feet - the size of a small aircraft!
- Scientists haven't figured out what that fancy skull cap was for.
- Pterodactylus had small teeth, but the giant Pteranodon was toothless
This gorgeous plush will entertain your Pterosaur-loving little one while learning even more about Prehistoric creatures!