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Dinosaur and Paleontology Dictionary
Although they had no teeth, Pteranodons were carnivores. They ate fish (which they caught at the surface of the oceans), mollusks, crabs, insects, and scavenged dead animals on land. They may have hunted like modern-day pelicans, scooping fish out of the water and swallowing them whole.
Pteranodons could flap their wings and fly with power. They flew long distances using large, light-weight wings.
DISCOVERY OF FOSSILS
Many Pteranodon fossils have been found in the USA (in Kansas) and in England. Pteranodon was named by Othneil C. Marsh in 1876. The University of Kansas, in Lawrence, Kansas, USA has over 480 Pteranodon specimens. The first Pteranodon skull was found on May 2, 1876, in Smoky Hill River, Wallace County, Kansas, USA by S. W. Williston, a fossil collector working for Othniel Marsh.
PTERANODON ACTIVITIES AND PRINTOUTS
Pteranodon printout - information plus a Pteranodon to color.
Pteranodon Brief Fact Sheet - or a printable version.
PTERANODON AND OTHER PTEROSAUR LINKS
Pterosaurs, including pteranodon, from the UCMP, Berkeley.
Pterodactyl information sheet from Enchanted Learning.
Pterosaur information sheet from Enchanted Learning.
Quetzalcoatlus information sheet from Enchanted Learning.
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