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pterosaur

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n pterosaur 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
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Pterosaur (Paleon) A pterodactyl.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n pterosaur A member of the Pterosauria; a pterodactyl.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. wind + a lizard

Usage

In literature:

But the birds were meantime developing from a quite different stock, and would replace the Pterosaurs at the first change in the environment.
"The Story of Evolution" by Joseph McCabe
These measurements would point to dimensions larger than those of any other known Pterosaurs.
"The Ancient Life History of the Earth" by Henry Alleyne Nicholson
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In news:

Pterosaurs, Cosmology, Dome Home.
Finding reveals pterosaur eggs, nests may not have been birdlike after all.
A female pterosaur (Darwinopterus) fossil and her egg were found in China, revealing her fractured forearm (arrow).
Skimming for food like a bird is unlikely for Pterosaurs.
Pterosaurs such as Thalassodromeus, right, could not have skimmed water to feed as birds such as the modern Rynchops, left, can.
If humans had lived 67 million years ago in what is now Texas, they would've had a hard time missing the giant flying pterosaur called Quetzalcoatlus, which was the size of an F-16 fighter jet.
Bonner, Hannah When Dinos Dawned, Mammals Got Munched, and Pterosaurs Took Flight: A Cartoon Prehistory of Life in the Triassic Gr.
More than 30 of the intact tracks showing the passage of lighter pterosaurs have been carefully analyzed, but only one - the first ever discovered - revealed the precious trackway of the pterosaur 's complete landing.
Pterosaurs, the winged reptiles that ruled the skies during the era of the dinosaurs, may not have been the pea-brains that scientists thought.
But a study by Stuart Humphries of the University of Reading in England and colleagues shows that the pterosaurs probably were incapable of such skimming behavior.
Humphries said he recalled reading a paper in 2002 that described a new pterosaur and suggested it fed by skimming .
Giraffe-sized pterosaurs could have pole- vaulted with their arms to launch themselves into the sky, scientists say.
In this file photo from June, pterosaur models are on display at London's South Bank, as part of the Royal Society's 350th anniversary celebrations.
Pterosaurs, like vampire bats, may have used arms to launch themselves.
Illustration of a giant 10 meter span (nearly 33 feet) pterosaur alongside a record breaking 6 meter (nearly 19.5 feet) tall giraffe.
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