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Domeykodactylus (Domeykodactylus ceciliae) was a rare pterosaur of the Early Cretaceous period. The partial fossils were excavated from the Santa Ana Formation in Chile, South America.
These creatures were carnivores and preyed on shellfish. Their body was covered with pycnofibers.
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Domeykodactylus genus is pronounced as 'Do-mey-ko-dak-ty-lus'.
This Domeykodactylus ceciliae was a Pterosaur of the Dsungaripteridae family.
According to the study of the remains by David Martill et al. in their discovered locality, we get to know that these pterosaurs belonged to the Early Cretaceous period.
These dinosaurs became extinct about 145 million years ago, mainly due to natural disasters, a lack of adaptive radiation, which resulted in restricted evolution, as well as the larger raptors and dinosaurs of that period.
The origin of this species belonging to the Pterosauria clade and Domeykodactylus genera were excavated from the Santa Ana Formation in Chile, South America.
The animals of the Domeykodactylus genus preyed on shellfish and other marine creatures. Therefore, it can be concluded that Domeykodactylus inhabited a locality of wetlands and lived near water bodies, from where they got unlimited access to the marine fauna.
Although not much information is available on this genus due to the lack of specimen evidence, several pieces of research reveal to us that the pterosaurs nested socially. So we can assume that the Domeykodactylus genus found among the Lower Cretaceous rocks lived socially.
The average lifespan of these groups of pterosaurs is unknown. However, pterosaurs belonging to the different genera had a life expectancy of 60-80 years.
Just like other dinosaurs and pterosaurs, the Domeykodactylus ceciliae also reproduced by laying eggs. Their eggs were rounded and were amniotic in nature. These eggs were laid in pits on the ground, from where the eggs derived water and other nutrients.
The type species were described by Martill et al. as a pterosaur with a skull of length 12 in (30 cm) and wingspan of about 3.28 ft (1 m). The crest was thin and had an unusual bony texture with vertical grooves. The jaw was estimated to be about 8.5 in (22 cm) along with 16 strong teeth on each side. Apart from the irregular crest, no other information was retrieved from the rest of the skull.
Due to partial remains excavated from Chile, we are unable to determine the total number of bones these pterosaurs possessed. The fossils included two skull portions, a partially complete mandible and snout bearing the crest base. The jaw was estimated to be about 8.5 in (22 cm) along with 16 teeth on each side of the lower jaw.
They may have communicated both visually and vocally. These pterosaurs communicated with different body displays with the help of their large wings.
Due to scanty evidence, the length of this species is unknown. However, their wingspan length is known to us, which is about 3.28 ft (1 m).
The Domeykodactylus species that belonged to the Pterosaur clade were able to run at a moderate speed due to their small body size and large wings. They used their head to navigate in the air.
Unfortunately, the weight is not determined by researchers due to a lack of fossil specimens.
The scientific community has not yet given any names to the male and female dinosaur species.
A baby Domeykodactylus can be called a juvenile or a hatchling.
These species were carnivorous in nature. Therefore, we can assume that they were moderately aggressive in nature and territorial as well.
The name Domeykodactylus ceciliae was named by David Martill in the year 2000. The name of the genus was derived from the Cordillera Domeyko in Chile, from where the remains were excavated, and in Greek, 'dactylos' means finger.
Contrary to popular belief, they were not slimy creatures.
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