STL Science Center

STL Science Center

19 June 2015

Another Omission

©Matt Matyniuk
Somehow, through a calculated decision at the time I discussed flying reptiles three years ago, I omitted Pteranodon. Due to the focus on getting correct information out on Jurassic World dinosaurs and other creatures, we really need to talk about that ubiquitous flying reptile and king of the skies. Probably the most prominent member of the genus is Pteranodon longiceps Marsh 1876 which was originally recovered in the western Kansas Smoky Hill Chalk deposits that were laid down during the existence of the Western Interior Seaway. Pterosaurs in general have long been associated with water because their best preservation has been associated with shorelines or the middles of what was once ocean and Pteranodon is not an exception.

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