Classification: Pterosaurs


Dsungaripterus was a pterosaur with 10 feet (3 m) wide leathery wings. It had an unusual bony crest running along its snout and had long, narrow, curved jaws with a pointed tip.


Dimorphodon (meaning “two-form tooth”) was a pterosaur with a 4 feet (1.2 m) long wingspan. It was not a dinosaur, but type of extinct, flying reptile. It had a huge head with deep, wide, toothed jaws resembling the beak of the modern-day puffin, a short neck, and a diamond-shaped flap of skin at the end of the long, pointed tail.


Like the famous Pterodactylus, Alanqa is also a pterosaur, the flying dinosaurs (although not a dinosaur technically). It has been named after Anqa Mughrib, a large mysterious female bird in Arabian mythology. Alanqa belonged to the late Cretaceous period and used to inhabit what is now the Kem Kem Beds of south eastern Morocco. The avian creature is believed to have been a piscivore.


Probably the most well-known flying dinosaur, the Pterodactyl is not actually a dinosaur at all, but a distant cousin called Pterosaur! Pterosaurs were airborne reptiles of the late Jurassic period, and therefore are frequently associated with dinosaurs in the popular imagination. Pterodactyl used to soar through the pre-historic skies of what is now Europe and northern Africa.