[ram' fuh ring' kus] a flying reptile
that lived during the late Jurassic Period, about
150 million years ago
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.
This reptile's teeth indicate
that it was a carnivore.
This species was named by Meyer
in 1847. Fossils have been found in Germany and
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