Pteranodon longiceps
    Late Cretaceous
    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.

    Condition Report*:

    Condition report available upon request.

    *Heritage Auctions strives to provide as much information as possible but encourages in-person inspection by bidders. Statements regarding the condition of objects are only for general guidance and should not be relied upon as complete statements of fact, and do not constitute a representation, warranty or assumption of liability by Heritage. Please note that we do not de-frame lots estimated at $1,000 or less and may not be able to provide additional details for lots valued under $500. All lots are sold "AS IS" under the Terms & Conditions of Auction.

    Fees, Shipping, and Handling Description: Requires 3rd Party Shipping (view shipping information)

    Sales Tax information  |  Terms and Conditions

    Bidding Guidelines and Bid Increments

    Glossary of Terms

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    May, 2009
    17th-18th Sunday-Monday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 3
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 958

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    19.5% of the successful bid (minimum $9) per lot.

    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Consign to the 2018 May 25 Photographs - Dallas.

    Learn about consigning with us

    The high price received is a direct reflection of your hard work and integrity.
    Richard B.,
    Ogden, UT
    View More Testimonials receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source:

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search

    Recent auctions

    2017 October 13 Illustration Art Signature Auction - Dallas
    2017 October 13 Illustration Art Signature Auction - Dallas
    REALIZED $1,098,328