Description"FLYING DINOSAUR" LEG
Niobrara Formation, Western Kansas, USA
This evocative fossil is the leg of one of the giant flying Pteranodons, huge winged reptiles that could be seen gliding through the late Cretaceous skies 90-70 million years ago. Their habitat was above and around the Western Interior Seaway, a continental sea much like today's Mediterranean, which covered central North America throughout the Cretaceous period. Unlike its ancestors, Rhamphorhyncus and Pterodactylus, the Pteranodon had no teeth in its bird-like beak and although it is thought that they could effect a semi-upright stance whilst on land, their back legs were comparatively small and weak. The bones of this example are well-presented on a pale sandy matrix, their dark brown coloring standing in attractive contrast, with fine texture and three-dimensionality. The pieces present include the femur, the tibia, the large distal tarsal as well as several smaller ones, and four two-part metatarsals with four toe claws. These bones were from a very large specimen; extrapolation puts its wingspan at over 22 feet. Some small sections have been cast to complete the aesthetic effect, and the whole piece measures 36 inches in length, mounted on a metal display stand.
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