Were there any flying dinosaurs
Flying Dinosaurs: How Fearsome Reptiles Became Birds by John PickrellDinosaurs didn’t die out when an asteroid hit Earth 66 million years ago. Get ready to unthink what you thought you knew and journey into the deep, dark depths of the Jurassic.
The discovery of the first feathered dinosaur in China in 1996 sent shockwaves through the palaeontological world. Were the feathers part of a complex mating ritual, or a stepping stone in the evolution of flight? And just how closely related is T. rex to a chicken?
Award-winning journalist John Pickrell reveals how dinosaurs developed flight and became the birds in our backyards. He delves into the latest discoveries in China, the US, Europe and uncovers a thriving black market in fossils and infighting between dinosaur hunters, plus the controversial plan to use a chicken to bring dinosaurs back from the dead.
Pterodactyl, Pteranodon & Other Flying 'Dinosaurs'
Pterodactyl is the common term for the winged reptiles properly called pterosaurs, which belong to the taxonomic order Pterosauria. They were widespread and lived in numerous locations across the globe, from China to Germany to the Americas. Pterosaurs lived among the dinosaurs and became extinct around the same time, but they were not dinosaurs. Rather, pterosaurs were flying reptiles. Modern birds didn't descend from pterosaurs; birds' ancestors were small, feathered, terrestrial dinosaurs.
All rights reserved. But could it fly? Paleontologists have fiercely debated this question for decades.
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Why are they not flying dinosaurs?
Not really - instead they were flying reptiles. Huge creatures that took to the sky. Find out how big they were, what they ate - facts, pictures and information for kids. Pterosaurs or 'winged lizards' were a relative of the dinosaur - but were not dinosaurs themselves. Unlike birds, they had wings made of skin, muscle and other tissues which stretched from an enormously long fourth finger to their ankles. Pterosaurs had hollow bones filled with air which were extremly light - like the bones of birds. This would have made them light, helping their flight.