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The largest pterosaurs – Top 10

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The largest pterosaurs – Top 10

Pterosaurs with largest wingspan – Top 10

Pterosaurs were flying reptiles but not flying dinosaurs. They lived 162 mln years from the late Triassic to the end of the Cretaceous Period – 228 to 66 million years ago. Pterosaurs were the earliest vertebrates known to have evolved powered flight. Their wings were formed by a membrane of skin, muscle, and other tissues stretching from the ankles to a incredible lengthened fourth finger.

Pterosaurs spanned a wide range of adult sizes, from the very small Nemicolopterus (with a wingspan of about 250 mm (10 in)) to the largest known flying creatures of all time, including Quetzalcoatlus and Hatzegopteryx.

Pterosaurs with largest wingspan – Top 10

  1. Hatzegopteryx thambema 10–11 m (33–36 ft)
  2. Quetzalcoatlus northropi 10–11 m (33–36 ft)
  3. Tropeognathus mesembrinus 8.2 m (27 ft)
  4. Geosternbergia maysei 7.25 m (24 ft)
  5. Arambourgiania philadelphiae 7 m (23 ft) or 10-13 m (33–42.7 ft)
  6. Coloborhynchus capito 7 m (23 ft)
  7. Moganopterus zhuiana 7 m (23 ft)
  8. Pteranodon longiceps 6.25 m (20.5 ft)
  9. Tupuxuara longicristatus 6 m (20 ft)
  10. Santanadactylus araripensis 5.7 m (19 ft)
  11. Cearadactylus atrox 5.5 m (18 ft)
  12. Caulkicephalus trimicrodon 5 m (16 ft)
  13. Istiodactylus latidens 5 m (16 ft)
  14. Lacusovagus magnificens 5 m (16 ft)
  15. Liaoningopterus gui 5 m (16 ft)
  16. Phosphatodraco mauritanicus 5 m (16 ft)

Quetzalcoatlus

Quetzalcoatlus size comparison vs human and giraffe.

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