VR Jurassic Encyclopedia #16
Pteranodon dinosaur facts VR 360 video education
In the next episode of our VR Jurassic Encyclopedia series, we tell you another dose of interesting facts about one of the pterosaurs, Pteranodon dinosaur! We invite you to read the article and then watch our new 360 video.
Pteranodon is a reptile of the pterosaur genus that lived around 86 – 84.5 million years ago during the Late Cretaceous period. Pteranodons are believed to have inhabited areas of North America. Interestingly, the animal is often confused with dinosaurs and are also often described as dinosaurs. Why is a Pteranodon not a dinosaur? According to the definition, all dinosaurs belong to the group Saurischia and Ornithischia which actually excludes pterosaurs from this circle. Nevertheless, pterosaurs such as Pteranodon are closely related to dinosaurs because they both belong to the clade Avemetatarsalia.
The first fossils of this reptile were found in western Kansas in 1870. The remains that were found were not examined until 1876 by Othniel Marsh. It was this paleontologist who discovered a new genus of a pterosaur, which he named Pteranodon longiceps. Interestingly, more Pteranodon specimens have been found than any other pterosaur. Many of the skeletons found are well preserved with nearly complete skulls and articulated skeletons. Skeletal studies show that adult male Pteranodons are among the largest pterosaurs and were the largest known animals until the late 20th century.
As far as the structure of Pteranodon is concerned, it also hides a lot of interesting facts. The wingspan of adult males reached up to 5.6m. Females of this species were much smaller and their wingspan measured an average of 3.8m. The body of this reptile did not exceed the size of a turkey to which huge wings were attached.
Pteranodon diet was not very diverse. It is believed that this reptile fed almost exclusively on fish, as indicated by the numerous fish bones found in the place where the reptile’s stomach probably was. Pteranodon’s lifestyle was very similar to that of albatrosses. The animal spent most of its life on the high seas, where it engaged in hunting for fish. The similarity to albatrosses was that the reptile used the same as albatrosses air currents while gliding so that it could take a long flight without using energy to flap its wings.
These are just some of the amazing facts about the Pteranodon. If you want to get more interesting facts, be sure to watch the VR Jurassic Encyclopedia #16 video posted on the website and continue our VR 360 video education about dinosaurs.