Ornithocheiridae

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Ornithocheiridae
Temporal range: Early-Late Cretaceous,
Tropeognathus mesembrinus MN 01.jpg
Restored skeleton of Tropeognathus mesembrinus
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Order: Pterosauria
Suborder: Pterodactyloidea
Clade: Ornithocheirae
Family: Ornithocheiridae
Seeley, 1870
Type species
Pterodactylus simus
Owen, 1861
Genera

The Ornithocheiridae are a group of pterosaurs within the Pterodactyloidea. They were among the last pterosaurs to possess teeth.

Traditionally, ornithocheirids were seen as fish-eaters. Enamel isotopes indicate they may have caught terrestrial prey.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rodrigues, T. and Kellner, A.W.A. (2008). "Review of the pterodactyloid pterosaur Coloborhynchus." Pp. 219–228 in: Hone, D.W.E. and Buffetaut, E. (eds), Flugsaurier: pterosaur papers in honour of Peter Wellnhofer. Zitteliana B, 28.
  2. ^ "Abstract: DIET OF ORNITHOCHEIROID PTEROSAURS INFERRED FROM STABLE CARBON ISOTOPE ANALYSIS OF TOOTH ENAMEL (GSA Annual Meeting in Seattle, Washington, USA - 2017)". gsa.confex.com.