One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A large tailless pterosaur of the Cretaceous period, with a long toothless beak, a long bony crest, and a wingspan of up to 7 m.
Genus Pteranodon, family Pteranodontidae, order Pterosauria
- ‘The breast-bone of Pteranodon was relatively small, restricting the size of flight muscles, so presumably they would have spent a lot of time gliding and soaring.’
- ‘Pteranodon was not a Dinosaur, but an extinct kind of flying reptile, or Pterosaur that lived during the late Cretaceous, from 90 to 65 million years ago.’
Modern Latin, from Greek pteron ‘wing’ + an- ‘without’ + odous, odont- ‘tooth’.
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