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pter·o·saur

 (tĕr′ə-sôr′)
n.
Any of various extinct flying reptiles of the group Pterosauria, including the pterodactyls, of the Mesozoic Era, characterized by wings consisting of a membrane of skin extending from the side of the body to the very long fourth digit of the forelimb.

[From New Latin Pterosauria, order name : Greek pteron, feather, wing; see -pter + Greek sauros, lizard.]

pterosaur

(ˈtɛrəˌsɔː)
n
(Palaeontology) any extinct flying reptile of the order Pterosauria, of Jurassic and Cretaceous times: included the pterodactyls. Compare dinosaur, plesiosaur

pter•o•saur

(ˈtɛr əˌsɔr)

n.
any extinct flying reptile of the Jurassic and Cretaceous order Pterosauria characterized by membranous wings supported by one elongated finger on each hand.
[1860–65; < New Latin Pterosauria]

pter·o·saur

(tĕr′ə-sôr′)
Any of various extinct, flying reptiles of the Jurassic and Cretaceous Periods with wings consisting of a flap of skin supported by an elongated fourth digit on each forelimb. Pterosaurs had wingspans ranging from less than a foot (0.3 meter) to close to 50 feet (15.2 meters).
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.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 forelimbpterosaur - 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
archosaur, archosaurian, archosaurian reptile - extinct reptiles including: dinosaurs; plesiosaurs; pterosaurs; ichthyosaurs; thecodonts
order Pterosauria, Pterosauria - extinct flying reptiles: pterosaurs
pterodactyl - extinct flying reptile
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However, Alexander Kellner, a pterosaur expert at Brazil's National Museum in Rio de Janeiro, has his doubts because there are several things scientists still don't know about pterosaur body structure that could affect flight distance calculations.
The level of detail in the book is reflected by an appendix listing more than 100 "valid pterosaur species" and eight "possibly valid species of uncertain relationships"--all organized according to family relationships.
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