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RhamphorhynchusRhamphorhynchus

[ram' fuh ring' kus] a flying reptile that lived during the late Jurassic Period, about 150 million years ago

Description

Rhamphorhynchus had a wingspan of up to 5.75 feet. It had a diamond-shaped flap of skin at the end of its long, thin, pointed tail, long, narrow jaws with sharp teeth that pointed outwards, and tiny legs. The large, light-weight wings would have made it an excellent flyer, and the long tail with "rudder" would have helped stabilize it in flight. Its tiny legs, however, would have made it rather clumsy on land.

Diet

This reptile's teeth indicate that it was a carnivore.

Fossil History

This species was named by Meyer in 1847. Fossils have been found in Germany and Tanzania.

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