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Period of life:
197-195 MYA
Era/period:
Jurassic
Habitat:
UK (Europe)
Length:
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Dimorphodon belongs to the genus of medium-sized pterosaurs from the early Jurassic era. He received his name in 1859 from the English naturalist Richard Owen. He was the first to describe the unusual remains of an ancient flying predator, discovered in 1828 in British Dorset.
Dimorphodon's body structure exhibits "primitive" characteristics," says Owen: a very small brain cup and proportionately short wings. The neck, which supported a bulky skull measuring more than 20 cm, was short, but strong and flexible. The vertebrae had pneumatic holes to lighten their weight.
An adult specimen of this pterosaur reached up to 1 meter in length and almost one and a half meters in wingspan. The tail of Dimorphodon was long and consisted of thirty vertebrae. The end of the tail may have had a tail vane, but no prints have yet been found in Dimorphodon fossils to support this assumption. The pterosaur deserved its name because of the two different types of teeth in the jaws: one was fang-shaped, the other flattened. This feature is very rare in reptiles. Knowledge of how Dimorphodon lived is limited. It may have mainly inhabited coastal areas and may have had a very varied diet, from insects to fish.