Pterosaur

Pterosaur bones are amongst the rarest of fossils because they were hollow and light in order for the animal to be able to fly. That made them very unlikely to sink to the sea floor and become preserved.

Find out more on the reptiles page.

Common name

Pterosaur

Scientific name

Ornithocheirus validus

Type

Vertebrates > Reptiles > Pterosaurs


Strata

Purbeck Limestone Group

Time period

Lower Cretaceous

Age

142 million years

Where found

Langton Matravers

Found by

Unknown

Museum

Dorset County Museum, Dorchester

Accession number

DCM.G.00100