Quick Facts

Diet: Fish, scavenged dead animals and ate insects inland

Size: Ranged from that of a sparrow to that of the huge Quetzalcoatlus, the largest fossils of which have a wingspread of more than 40 ft, and fossilized tracks suggest that some pterosaurs may have had 60 ft wingspans


    • Means “winged lizard”


    • Extinct flying reptile (commonly called pterodactyl)


    • Lived during the late Triassic and Cretaceous periods, from approximately 228 to 65 million years ago


    • At least 60 genera of pterosaurs have been found


    • Relative of the dinosaur – but were not dinosaurs themselves


    • Lived close to the sea shores


    • Lived in some parts of America, Guam, China, Japan, England, Germany, France, Tanzania (in Africa) and many other places too