Pronounced (TER-AN-O-DON LONG-I-CEPS)
Discovered By: Mike Triebold, 1991
Discovery Location: Gove County , Kansas
Diet: Fish (Piscivorous )
Period: Late Cretaceous
Age: 83 million years
Formation: Niobrara Chalk
Wingspan: 24 ft
Location of Original Specimen: Canadian Museum of Nature, Ottawa, Canada
Pteranodon was a flying reptile (pterosaur) of the Late Cretaceous Period. Specimens of Pteranodon have been found in many places around the world and they appear to have been a very common site in the skies of the dinosaur’s world. Pterosaurs ranged in size from tiny bat-like creatures that could fit in the palm of your hand to massive creatures with wingspans of 30 to 40 feet (the size of a small plane). Pteranodon in particular lived throughout the Northern Hemisphere, patrolling the ancient seaways, oceans, lakes and rivers, feeding predominantly on fish.
The original TPI specimen was one of the most complete and best preserved of its kind. The cast skeleton you see flying above you was enlarged to the size of the largest pteranodon ever found, using 3-D computer modeling, CAT scans and a new technique known as “Rapid Prototyping”.