Pterosaur, meaning winged lizard in ancient Greek, are the earliest known vertebrates to evolve a means of self-powered flight. Although many people refer to them as dinosaurs, pterosaurs are in fact not dinosaurs, but belong to an order of animals informally classified as Flying Reptiles. Very different than any flying animal living today, pterosaurs’ wings consist of an elongated fourth finger with a fibrous membrane attaching the tip of the finger to the ankle of the hind leg. Their bodies are very small in comparison to their wings and head. And all had air-filled hollow bones with delicate skeletal structures.
These images are sample illustrations from my new book Ancient Earth Journals – the Early Cretaceous
Anhanguera blittersdorffi fighting over fish
Cladocyclus gardineri (above) Tharrhias araripis (below) part of Anhanguera's diet
Explore the Late Jurassic and Early Cretaceous' wildlife including Theropods, Sauropods, Ornithischians, Pterosaurs and birds in the Ancient Earth Journal Series
Explore the animals we share earth with in the Animal Journal Series