Artist’s impression of a Pterosaur
Ferocious flying reptile
- This tiny specimen is the top jaw and skull of the flying reptile, Dimorphodon.
- Dimorphodon was a pterosaur with a wingspan of over a metre.
- It had a huge head (compared to its body) with sharp teeth.
- It had large eyes so it could spot its prey from a long way away – probably fish, squid and lizards.
- Fossil footprints tell us that these pterosaurs walked on all fours.
- Flying reptiles are rarely found as fossils because they have light, hollow bones, which got washed away or eaten before they could become fossilised.
- The first fossil of Dimorphodon was discovered in 1828 by the famous fossil hunter, Mary Anning, in Lyme Regis.
- See this tiny but hugely rare Dimorphodon jaw at Lyme Regis Museum.
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