- 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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"Or the death-bird, the pteranodon," returned Professor Bavenden quietly.
Whispers of the professor's pteranodon theory had passed about.
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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