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Pterosauria (Pterosaurs)

  1. David M Unwin

Published Online: 30 MAY 2001

DOI: 10.1038/npg.els.0001546



How to Cite

Unwin, D. M. 2001. Pterosauria (Pterosaurs). eLS. .

Author Information

  1. Museum für Naturkunde, Berlin, Germany

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 MAY 2001


Pterosaurs were a highly successful group of carnivorous reptiles with well-developed wings and an excellent flight ability. They lived alongside the dinosaurs, survived for more than 140 million years and filled many habitats now occupied by birds and bats.


  • pterosaurs;
  • flight;
  • jurassic;
  • cretaceous;
  • reptiles