33 Amaze-wing Facts About The Prejanopterus For Kids


Classification of Prejanopterus puts it into the phylum Chordata and class Pterosauria. It was the first genus of pterosaur from the Lower Cretaceous period of Spain. The generic name is obtained from the village of Préjano and latinised Greek 'Pteron' denoting 'wing'.

A fascinating fact about the Prejanopterus is that the lower jaw is linear, but the upper jaw bends to the top and apart from the lower jaw. The long slender snout with extensively gapped teeth is indicative of the fact that Prejanopterus may have used it to explore narrow, dense spaces for small animals or even scavenged carcasses. The specimens, thus, suggest that Prejanopterus were very rare pterosaurs of that era. Researchers have found several parts of the skull and the postcrania, which they assigned to the Prejanopterus, mostly from the pelvis, the wings, and the hindlimbs. Arm bone or vertebral column are still missing. Very few pterosaurs are known from Spain, but Prejanopterus is one of the finer conserved specimens.

Prejanopterus Interesting Facts

How do you pronounce 'Prejanopterus'?

The name of this reptile is pronounced as 'Pre-ja-nop-teh-rus'.

What type of dinosaur was a Prejanopterus?

Prejanopterus cannot be specifically categorized as a dinosaur because it flew and its forelimbs stretch out to the fringes. It was a pterosaur, a type of flying reptile. They have been put under Pterodactyloidea order of reptiles.

In which geological period did the Prejanopterus roam the Earth?

This pterosaur was known to have existed during the Early Cretaceous period, about 125 million years ago.

When did the Prejanopterus become Extinct?

The accurate time span of the downfall of this animal is not known. However, possibly like the other pterosaurs, Prejanopterus also became Extinct about 65 million years ago.

Where did Prejanopterus live?

These Early Cretaceous creatures lived in Europe.

What was the Prejanopterus' habitat?

This pterosaur possibly lived in and around marine habitats, as the site of recovery of the fossils suggests.

Who did the Prejanopterus live with?

It is not known whether this pterosaur lived in flocks or lived alone.

How long did a Prejanopterus live?

The lifespan of this specimen is not evaluated due to insufficient data.

How did they reproduce?

Just like all other reptiles, this pterosaur reproduced through sexual reproduction by laying eggs.

Prejanopterus Fun Facts

What did the Prejanopterus look like?

Prejanopterus curvirostris is from the Lower Cretaceous era of the Leza Formation in Spain. The specimens were disjointed and broken. It is represented by fragments of its skull, pelvis, hindlimbs, and few other parts. Studies and artistic reconstructions suggest they had a bird-like appearance with an elongated snout.

In 1993 and 1994, 10 fossils were retrieved, containing many disjointed fossils and fragmented bones.

Prejanopterus teeth and skull revealed a lot about this species.

We've been unable to source an image of Prejanopterus and have used an image of pterosaur instead. If you are able to provide us with a royalty-free image of Prejanopterus, we would be happy to credit you. Please contact us at [email protected].

How many bones did a Prejanopterus have?

The number of bones in these animals is not known.

How did they communicate?

The way of communication of the Prejanopterus has not been identified. However, it is believed that physical signs and postures were the primary ways of communication.

How big was the Prejanopterus?

The size of this Cretaceous animal is not known.

How fast could a Prejanopterus fly?

This pterosaur's speed is yet to be estimated.

How much did a Prejanopterus weigh?

The weight of this genus is not yet known.

What were the male and female names of the species?

Male or female names of this pterosaur did not have any specific name.

What would you call a baby Prejanopterus?

Just like any other baby pterosaur, a baby Prejanopterus was also known as a hatchling.

How aggressive were they?

The aggressiveness of this pterosaur is not known. So it is quite impossible to say whether they would bite or not, but it is at least a possibility.

Did You Know…

Prejanopterus was named and specified by Carolina Fuentes Vidarte and Manuel Meijide Calvo in 2010.

Studies in evolution have indicated that this Pterodactylidae belonged to the Iberian Peninsula.

We've been unable to source an image of Prejanopterus and have used an image of Anhangueridae instead. If you are able to provide us with a royalty-free image of Prejanopterus, we would be happy to credit you. Please contact us at [email protected].

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