Tropeognathus
"Tropeognathus"
1997
Illustration board
7"x11"

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Essay

Although true birds existed during the latter half of the Age of the Dinosaurs, the real masters of those ancient skies were the pterosaurs. This large pterosaur, known as Tropeognathus, soared through the skies over what is now Brazil on wings spanning twenty feet. Its oddly crested snout and toothy jaws were well suited for grasping fish as it skimmed along the surface of the water.

Vital Statistics

Genus Name: Tropeognathus ("Keel jaw")
Type Species: * T. mesembrinus, T. robustus
Wingspan: up to 20 feet (6.5 meters)
Weight: 30 pounds
Time: 115 million years ago (Early Cretaceous)
Place: Brazil (Araripe Plateau)
Diet: meat-eater (carnivore)


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