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PTERODACTYLUS (tayr-o-DAK-til-us) "Wing Finger" (Greek pteron = wing + daktylos = finger, because the fourth finger supported the wing)

Not a DINOSAUR, but a tailless PTEROSAUR. Some were as small as a sparrow; others were as large as a hawk, Their wing spread ranged from 12 to 30 inches (30 to 76 cm). These flying creatures were common along Later Jurassic shorelines in Europe and Africa. They probably caught insects in the air. Some authorities believe their legs were poorly adapted for land travel.