pterodactyl dinosaur coloring- pterodactyl is a type of “flying reptile” from the branch or order Pterosaurs which has become extinct. They lived from the late Triassic to the late Cretaceous period (228 to 66 million years ago).
Pterosaurs were the earliest vertebrates known to have the ability to fly. Their wings are formed by a membrane of skin, muscle, and other tissue extending from the ankle which sooner or later continues to extend all four fingers.
Early species had long, toothed jaws and long tails, while later forms had very small tails and several reduced teeth. Its body is covered by a furry coat made of hair-like filaments known as pycnofibers, which cover the body and parts of the wings. Pterosaurs evolved to a wide range of adult sizes, from the minuscule Anurognatoid to the largest known flying creatures of all time, including Quetzalcoatlus and Hatzegopteryx.
Pterosaurs are often referred to in the popular media and by the general public as “flying dinosaurs”, but scientifically wrong, because they were not dinosaurs. The term “dinosaurs” is limited only to reptiles descended from the last ancestors of the Saurischians and Ornithischians (a branch of the dinosaurs, which includes birds), and there is currently a scientific consensus that this group does not include pterosaurs, as well as various groups of extinct marine reptiles. , such as ichthyosaurs, plesiosaurs, and mosasaurs.
Pterosaurs are still like dinosaurs in general, but unlike other reptiles, pterosaurs are more closely related to birds than lizards, crocodiles, dragons, or other living reptiles. Pterosaurs in everyday language or more commonly referred to as Pterodactyls, initially, this designation was still fictional and expressed by journalists.
Technically, “Pterodactyl” refers only to members of the genus Pterodactylus, and more broadly to members of the Pterodactyloidea suborder of pterosaurs.