- a flying reptile of the extinct order Pterosauria, from the Cretaceous Period, having a wingspread of about 25 feet (8 meters).
Origin of pteranodon
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Whispers of the professor's pteranodon theory had passed about.
"Or the death-bird, the pteranodon," returned Professor Bavenden quietly.
The pteranodon rose, sounding its raucous croak as if in mockery.
At last, the pteranodon spread its huge brown pinions and took off.
However, I am merely defending the pteranodon's survival as an interesting possibility.
- Any of several very large, extinct flying reptiles (pterosaurs) of the genus Pteranodon of the Cretaceous Period. Pteranodon had a long pointed crest on its head, no teeth, a very short tail, and a wingspan upwards of 9 m (30 ft).
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