Fun Cuspicephalus Facts For Kids

Moumita Dutta
Oct 20, 2022 By Moumita Dutta
Originally Published on Mar 24, 2022
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It is unknown whether Cuspicephalus were territorial or slimy.

The Cuspicephalus was a monofenestratan pterosaur of the Upper Jurassic or Late Jurassic age. The generic name means 'elongated snout' and is derived from the Latin terms 'cuspis' meaning 'point' and 'kephale' meaning 'head'. The specific name Cuspicephalus scarfi honors the famous cartoon artist Gerald Scarfe.

Cuspicephalus Interesting Facts

How do you pronounce 'Cuspicephalus'?

The name Cuspicephalus is pronounced as 'Cus-pis-sef-ah-luss'.

What type of dinosaur was a Cuspicephalus?

Initially, the Cuspicephalus was considered to be one of the pterosaurs, but later they were recognized as the basal member of the group Monofenestrata. They were considered to be a primitive monofenestratan pterosaur of the family Wukongopteridae.

In which geological period did the Cuspicephalus roam the Earth?

The fossils of Cuspicephalus recovered from the Kimmeridge Clay Formation in Dorset, England, dates back to the Upper Jurassic Period.

When did the Cuspicephalus become Extinct?

Cuspicephalus were from the early stage of the Kimmeridgian age of the Upper Jurassic. It is not known when exactly they became Extinct.

Where did Cuspicephalus live?

The predatory Cuspicephalus lived around the region of Dorset, England. Their remains were scattered throughout the Kimmeridge Clay Formation.

What was the Cuspicephalus' habitat?

Cuspicephalus were terrestrial in nature. Remains discovered from Kimmeridge Clay Formation suggest they lived on soft soil.

Who did the Cuspicephalus live with?

Cuspicephalus fossils are identified from a skull of a single species and whether they lived in groups was not determinable.

How long did a Cuspicephalus live?

We do not know how long these creatures lived.

How did they reproduce?

Cuspicephalus were oviparous in nature as they reproduced by laying eggs.

Cuspicephalus Fun Facts

What did the Cuspicephalus look like?

The head of the monofenestratan pterosaur species is lightly built, but it is extremely elongated, having a triangular shape. There are around 11-12 teeth in the snout and a total of 25-30 teeth in the whole upper jaw. The crest has a fibrous bone which forms the higher crest of soft tissue.

They have a broad base and an oval cross-section area. The skull opening is characterized by bony nostrils. It is not known exactly how colorful they were.

Cuspicephalus skull consisted of the mandible, however, it was missing from the holotype found.

 

How many bones did a Cuspicephalus have?

Cuspicephalus is known for a partial skull, but the skull is devoid of the mandible and dentition. Hence, it is not known exactly how many bones they possessed.

How did they communicate?

They communicated using different vocalizations.

How big was the Cuspicephalus?

The length of the Cuspicephalus is uncertain due to fewer fossils.

How fast could a Cuspicephalus move?

The speed of a Cuspicephalus is unknown.

How much did a Cuspicephalus weigh?

The weight of the Cuspicephalus has not been determined.

What were the male and female names of the species?

The male and female species are both called Cuspicephalus.

What would you call a baby Cuspicephalus?

A baby Cuspicephalus is called a hatchling.

How aggressive were they?

Cuspicephalus was a carnivorous genus and would bite while hunting prey. Hence, this makes them quite aggressive in nature.

Did You Know…

The genus was named by Steve Etches and David Martill in 2013.

 

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Bachelor of Arts specializing in Journalism and Mass Communication, Postgraduate Diploma in Sports Management

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Moumita DuttaBachelor of Arts specializing in Journalism and Mass Communication, Postgraduate Diploma in Sports Management

A content writer and editor with a passion for sports, Moumita has honed her skills in producing compelling match reports and stories about sporting heroes. She holds a degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the Indian Institute of Social Welfare and Business Management, Calcutta University, alongside a postgraduate diploma in Sports Management.

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