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Period of life:
150-145 MYA
Era/period:
Jurassic
Habitat:
Germany (Europe)
Length:
Anurognathus Dino Pet
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Description
Anurognathus lived at the end of the Jurassic in what is now Germany. It was one of the smallest pterosaurs: its wingspan was only 35 cm, and its weight was about 40 grams. They were small animals with short and broad heads, huge eyes and small sharp teeth. The short tails of anurognathids probably gave them more agility when hunting small, fast prey. The large eyes suggest that these pterosaurs hunted at dusk and were nocturnal predators, hunting insects in the gloomy thicket of the prehistoric forest. The genus was described by Ludwig Döderlein in 1923 based on a find in a limestone quarry in Bavaria, consisting of a relatively complete but broken skeleton on a slab.