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Pterodactyl

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.

Pterodactyl

A local student of paleontology identified the animal as a pterodactyl.

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Pterodactyl

Pterosaurs (generally referenced by the generic term "pterodactyls") appear in a wide variety of fictional and non-fictional works.

Pterodactyl

Nonetheless, the name "pterodactyl" continued to be popularly applied to all members of this first specimen's order.

Pterodactyl

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.

Pterodactyl

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.

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