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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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a genus of Brazilian pterosaur from the Cretaceous Period.
New Delhi, Mar 24 ( ANI ): A rare skull fossil of a pterosaur has been discovered in northeast China, a press release from the Chinese Academy of Science (CAS) said.
It lived about 163 million years ago, pushing back the fossil record for this type of pterosaur by more than 5 million years to the boundary between the middle and late Jurassic period.
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Washington, Feb 15 ( ANI ): Paleontologists have discovered that the prehistoric flying reptile, pterosaur, had massive, curved teeth, which they used to catch fish and also possibly to scare off others.
The rarity of pterosaur fossils from the late Cretaceous Period led many to assume that they were going extinct.
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A rare small-bodied pterosaur, a flying reptile from the Late Cretaceous period approximately 77 million years ago, is the first of its kind to have been discovered on the west coast of North America.