Cearadactylus

"Cearadactylus"
2003
Illustration board
6"x10"

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Essay

This was a large pterosaur from the Santana Formation in northeastern Brazil. Its kinked upper jaw is reminiscent of the upper jaw of Spinosaurus, a very large dinosaur thought to have subsisted on a diet of fish. Cearadactylus' long front teeth probably enabled it to catch and hold slippery fish.

Vital Statistics

Genus Name: Cearadactylus ("Ceara finger")
Type Species: * C. atrox (Leonardi, G. and
  Borgomanero, G., 1985)
Wingspan: up to 18 feet (5.5 meters)
Weight: 30 pounds
Time: 115 million years ago (Early Cretaceous)
Place: Brazil (Araripe Plateau)
Diet: meat-eater (carnivore)


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