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THE DIMORPHODON



Dimorphodon name comes from Greek and literally translate as di "two", morphe, "shape" and odon, "tooth"; "teeth in two forms." I have always liked those names because they are easy to remember, and give us clues about some of its features found.

The Dimorphodon, was a small prehistoric saurian . Although it should be noted that small size at that time was 1.5 meters( 5 ft) . But compared with the Quetzalcoatlus nearly 10 meters wide (32 ft), the Dimosphodon, it was like a dove for a condor.

In short, this size is curious, or maybe not so much .... But while the scientific literature this flying lizard remained in the aforementioned 1.5 meters (5ft) , in the film "Jurassic World" comes to 3 meter size (10 ft). What do not you believe it? Do you think that the film is made in strict compliance accredited science discoveries, or that there is no intention of exaggerating to surprise more and sell more? ... Because here you have proof.



Well, but let's not cruel, the truth is that thanks to films how are you, many young children and adults started to be interested and dive into the world of dinosaurs. It is a kind of social work ..... but hey, let the film we talked about it a while and have not been released.

What was the Dimorphodon? As for the evidence and representations that I have observed, I could say that would be a kind of flying lizard .... a kind of crocodile with wings and the face of a Tyrannosaurus Rex.

Even still flying, its body and especially the neck, was robust and strong. So it is conceivable that flying was not doing marathons. The sturdy neck responded to a pattern (in nature nothing is wasted) Dimorphodon head was large and heavy for a flying animal. Still, the skull had large openings reducías weight.

Had no peak, but a mouth full of teeth, and this would introduce the topic of the teeth and their name. And in the front was elongated teeth, as long fangs run out, those teeth were prepared to hunt prey in flight (you think mostly fish). Then in the innermost part, the fangs were shorter and robust, not so ready to catch in flight, but to tear flesh from their prey.


"Dimorphodon mount" by Frank Kovalchek from Anchorage, Alaska, USA - Dinosaur skeleton at the Rainbow Forest Museum.

The Dimorphodon is a genus of pterosaurs the early Jurassic period, 180-200 million years ago

Quetzalcoatlus.

One of the first animals that we put in the blog was the big Azhdarchidae. Huge pterosaur (flying reptiles) with a wingspan of 10 meters. Well, now the largest pterosaur know all ... indeed is considered the largest flying animal of history: the Quetzalcoatlus.


The Quetzalcoatlus was by far the largest flying animal. For example, a current condor reaches 3.3 meters (11 ft) , 3.6 meters (12 ft) of an albatross, a magnificiens Argentinavis reached the 8 meters (26 ft) wingspan, large Azhdarchidae reached the 10 meters (33 ft) ... but the Quetzalcoatlus reached 15 meters (48 ft) . And while most current research suggests that reached 12 meters, still the largest flying animal ever.

The most representative species of this genus is the northropi Quetzalcoatlus, a pterosaur, with a similar appearance to other pterosaurs had a long beak, sharp and toothless. With a small head and a ridge height of almost 5 meters (16 ft) when placed standing, weighing 200 kg (450 lb) . To think that 200 kg (450 lb) is a lot for a flying animal, for example, weighs 12 kg (25 lb) condor, so some experts believe that weighed much less ... about 80 kg.


It lived in the Upper Cretaceous (Maastrichtian ago by 68-65.5 million years ago) in North America.



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