Pteranodon sternbergi

Large pterosaur from the Niobrara Chalk of Western Kansas.

The notably prominent, vertically oriented crest of males of this species would have assisted in balancing their enormous skulls as well as steering their airplane-sized bodies through the air. Pteranodon sternbergi appears slightly earlier in the fossil record than Pteranodon longiceps though both filled important niches in the ecology of the Western Interior Seaway.

  • Locality: Kansas
  • Formation: Niobrara Chalk
  • Male Wingspan: 7.3m (24 feet)
  • Female Wingspan: 3.3m (11 feet)

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Pteranodon sternbergi
Pteranodon sternbergi