Pteranodon longiceps (Pterosaur) skull, from a short crested sub-adult. The skull measures 20.5″ long (52 cm.); height of skull from quadrate to top of cranium is 4.75″ (12.06 cm.); lower jaws measure 15.5″ long (39.4 cm.). The last 4″ (10.2 cm.) of the distal end of the lower jaw has been reconstructed. The lower jaws are easily removed for study.
Pterosaur skulls are one of the rarest fossils in the Niobrara Formation. Comprised of paper-thin bone, these delicate remains seldom survive the burial and fossilization process. When discovered they usually only consist of fragmented cranial elements. This exceptional skull is preserved, as discovered, in its original matrix and supported by the refined field jacket.
Pterosaurs, the only known flying reptile, were similar to pelicans in lifestyle and cruised over the Cretaceous ocean feeding on fish. Estimated wing span of this individual would have been approximately 15 feet (4.6 meters).
The specimen is 100% engineered for a wall mount.
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