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They were closely related to them, but were not true dinosaurs. Pterosaurs in media In Real Lifepterosaurs were the main flying beings in the Age of Dinosaurs, coexisted with their land-dwelling relatives for million years and eventually went extinct together with the last dinosaurs.
As with dinosaurs, there are several issues about pterosaur portrayals in media. They go much further than simple Anachronism Stew and Misplaced Wildlifethey regard every pterosaurian biological feature.
In Real Life pterosaurs had very weak legs with non-opposable digits and caught their food with their mouths instead. And they didn't have any nestlings to feed: Especially in older media, they are often portayed with Bat Wingstying into the whole Dinosaurs Are Dragons thing.
Actually their wing membranes were sustained by only one overly-long digit, the fourth one not the fifth as sometimes shownwhich was as robust as the rest of the forelimb.
The first, second and third fingers were normal-sized and protruded from the anterior wing-edge like the first digit of modern bats. They tend to be represented always huge. In Real Life there were many types of pterosaurs just like modern birds and they were astonishingly diverse in size, being from the size of a crow up to a small airplane.
They weren't dinosaurs, nor were they birds. Its worth noting, however, that Science Marches On has been a crucial factor in pterosaur portrayals.
Like dinosaurs, pterosaurs have undergone a sort of scientific "renaissance" since the seventies. Before that, they were considered cold-blooded creatures covered in scales and very unlike modern birds.
Since the "renaissance" palaeontologists have upgraded these animals as "the first ever vertebrates able to fly properly", and nowadays it's clear they were active and efficient fliers with large brains, good eyesight, excellent sense of balance, skin covered in down-like structures just like the most bird-like theropodsand with high-rate metabolism.
Due to the structure of their wings pterosaurs should be particularly able in soaring a bit like modern albatrossesbut were also able to flap their wings. Most discovered pterosaurs appear to have lived in marine, coastal, or other watery habitats, but more dryland-loving kinds surely existed as well: They were mainly predators of small prey insects, fish, small land vertebrates etc.
Some especially Pterodaustro were flamingo-like filter feeders. Like dinosaurs, we don't know what coloration they had: Modern artists can depict them with motifs reminescent of those of modern birds, but may also portray them with duller colors just like what happens with dinosaurs.
The pterosaurs' motion on land has long been a mystery: Despite all these discoveries and theories, even today the pterosaurs remain one of the most enigmatic group of prehistoric beasts, as their fossil record has always been one of the scarcest of all.
Sadly, all the issues above are usually glossed over in pop-media, even today.
See Ptero Soarer to get into this in depth. Stock Pterosaurs Very few pterosaurs have been portrayed in non-documentary media, despite their notable variety in Real Life.
Among pterosaurs listed here, only three can be called pterodactyls without getting totally wrong: Pteranodon, Quetzalcoatlus, and of course Pterodactylus. The other two, Rhamphorhynchus and Dimorphodon, were more primitive than the former and are usually called rhamphorhynchs.
Instead, they were among the very first scientifically-described kinds, in the 19th century. The last two were initially classified as Pterodactylus and recognized as distinct only after the s. Its sheer size "Whoa the biggest flier ever!
Several interesting new pterosaurs were discovered in the second half of the 20th century, but only one managed to achieve some consideration in media: Quetzalcoatlus, because it was the only one clearly bigger than Pteranodon, and the new "biggest flying animal ever.
The others Dsungaripterus, Pterodaustro, Tapejara, Eudimorphodon, Sordes, and so on were largely ignored outside dino-books and documentaries. It had the typical traits of the most evolved pterosaurs, the pterodactyloids a. It was one of the most specialized flying animals that ever lived, but very clumsy on land, where it arguably walked slowly on all fours.
It was thought pteranodonts lived a bit like modern seashore birds, laying their eggs on cliffs and using ascendant winds to take off. However, the takeoff method is now known to have been wrong; rather, pteranodonts, like all pterosaurs, could vault from level ground with their wings.
Roosting on cliffs is not entirely unlikely, though.
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