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ˈtɛr əˌsɔrpterosaur

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. pterosaur, flying reptilenoun

    an extinct reptile of the Jurassic and Cretaceous having a bird-like beak and membranous wings supported by the very long fourth digit of each forelimb


  1. pterosaurnoun

    any of several extinct flying reptiles, of the order Pterosauria, including the pterodactyls


  1. pterosaur

    Pterosaurs are a group of extinct flying reptiles from the dinosaur era, which existed during most of the Mesozoic Era. As the first vertebrates known to have evolved powered flight, their wings were formed by a membrane of skin, muscle, and other tissues stretching from the ankles to a dramatically lengthened fourth finger. They are characterized by their well-developed wings, hollow bones, and some species had crests on their heads. They are not dinosaurs, but are closely related to dinosaurs and birds.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pterosaurnoun

    a pterodactyl

  2. Etymology: [Gr. wind + a lizard.]


  1. Pterosaur

    Pterosaurs were flying reptiles of the clade or order Pterosauria. They existed from the late Triassic to the end of the Cretaceous Period. Pterosaurs are the earliest vertebrates known to have evolved powered flight. Their wings were formed by a membrane of skin, muscle, and other tissues stretching from the ankles to a dramatically lengthened fourth finger. Early species had long, fully toothed jaws and long tails, while later forms had a highly reduced tail, and some lacked teeth. Many sported furry coats made up of hair-like filaments known as pycnofibres, which covered their bodies and parts of their wings. Pterosaurs spanned a wide range of adult sizes, from the very small Nemicolopterus to the largest known flying creatures of all time, including Quetzalcoatlus and Hatzegopteryx. Pterosaurs are often referred to in the popular media and by the general public as flying dinosaurs, but this is incorrect. The term "dinosaur" is restricted to just those reptiles descended from the last common ancestor of the groups Saurischia and Ornithischia, and current scientific consensus is that this group excludes the pterosaurs, as well as the various groups of extinct marine reptiles, such as ichthyosaurs, plesiosaurs, and mosasaurs. Pterosaurs are also incorrectly referred to as pterodactyls, particularly by journalists. "Pterodactyl" refers specifically to members of the genus Pterodactylus, and more broadly to members of the suborder Pterodactyloidea.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of pterosaur in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of pterosaur in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of pterosaur in a Sentence

  1. Adele Pentland:

    With a total of 30 bones preserved, or 10 percent of Ferrodracos skeleton, the number of pterosaur bones reported from Australia has now tripled.

  2. James Kirkland:

    It's a very impressive discovery, as giant azhdarchid pterosaur bones are so thin and delicate and very few are found, particularly since they live in inland environments.

  3. Tim Richards:

    It's quite amazing fossils of these animals exist at all, by world standards, the Australian pterosaur record is poor, but the discovery of Thapunngaka contributes greatly to our understanding of Australian pterosaur diversity.

  4. David Elliott:

    The Winton area has produced the majority of Australias large dinosaur fossils so presenting a significant pterosaur skeleton alongside the giants with which it co-existed is a huge bonus for science, education and regional tourism.

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