Pterosaurs (from the Greek "???????????," meaning winged lizards), often referred to as pterodactyls (from the Greek "?????????????," meaning "winged finger"), were flying reptiles of the taxonomic group Pterosauria.
A local student of paleontology identified the animal as a pterodactyl.
Pterosaurs (generally referenced by the generic term "pterodactyls") appear in a wide variety of fictional and non-fictional works.
Nonetheless, the name "pterodactyl" continued to be popularly applied to all members of this first specimen's order.
Fossils of the rhamphorhynchoid Sordes, the anurognathid Jeholopterus, and a pterodactyloid from the Santana Formation demonstrate that the wing membrane did attach to the hindlimbs, at least in some species.
The name "Ptero-dactyle" was first coined by Georges Cuvier in 1809 for a specimen recovered in Germany; however, due to the standardization of scientific names, the official name for this species became Pterodactylus.