Fossil pterosaur skeleton - ROM2004_1028_35


Fossil pterosaur skeleton

Place Collected
Europe, Germany, Bayern, Solnhofen
Date: Acquired in February 2004
length=115; width=70; height=1 cm
    • Attributes
    • Objects
    • Taxonomy
    • KingdomAnimalia
    • PhylumChordata
    • ClassReptilia
    • OrderPterosauria
    • FamilyRhamphorhynchidae
    • GenusRhamphorhynchus
    • SpecificEpithetmuensteri
Object number: ROMVP55352
Credit Line: Gift of the Louise Hawley Stone Charitable Trust
On view
Gallery Location:James and Louise Temerty Galleries of the Age of Dinosaurs, Life on Land Jurassic, Pterosaurs, Rhamphorhynchus
DescriptionThis pterosaur (flying reptile) had sharp teeth to catch slippery fish, which it may have carried in a pouch-like structure in its throat, much as a pelican does today. There is even a small fish head preserved in the throat region of this particularly well-preserved specimen.
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