Fun Dsungaripterus Facts For Kids

Devangana Rathore
Oct 20, 2022 By Devangana Rathore
Originally Published on Sep 24, 2021
Edited by Monisha Kochhar
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There are so many fun Dsungaripterus pterosaurs facts to learn about! Check out all of them, right here!

If you can come up with an image of the flying dinosaur, off the top of your head or in the back of your mind, it would probably look like the Dsungaipterus. This immense dinosaur finds a lot of similarities with birds and other avian species.

They are known for their large wings which stretch far from their body. They also have something similar to a beak, with sharp teeth within, and a fearsome face.

They are mostly carnivorous, and the closest relative for this species could be the modern-day eagle or hawk. It had a robust structure, and stout physical proportions, similar to most Dsungaripteroids, indicating a largely terrestrial lifestyle. The flight method of these animals is unknown.

However, it was most likely punctuated by sudden landings and significant flapping. The toothless tip of the snout is curved upwards.

To learn additional facts about this classification of species and their history, you could definitely read on ahead! You can also check out other additional animals and birds in history, such as the Austroraptor and Sauropelta.

Dsungaripterus Interesting Facts

How do you pronounce 'Dsungaripterus'?

The word Dsungaripterus pronunciation is 'Sung-ah-rip-teh-rus' (the 'D' is silent).

What type of dinosaur was a Dsungaripterus?

Dsungaripterusis a genus of flying reptiles known as Dsungaripterids Pterosaur. It wasn't a dinosaur, although it lived in the same time period. The name of the genus combines a connection to the Junggar Basin with the Latinized Greek word pteron, which means 'wing'.

What geological period did the Dsungaripterus roam the earth?

Dsungaripterus, with a crest on the head and long skulls, is a pterosaur that lived roughly 130 million years before during the early Cretaceous period.

When did the Dsungaripterus become extinct?

The Dsungaripterus location in China indicates that it became extinct soon after the Cretaceous period.

Where did a Dsungaripterus live?

Dsungaripterus lived in China during the early Cretaceous period, and its first fossil was discovered in China through Africa, where more remains have been discovered. The fossils of Dsungaripterus were discovered in China in 1964 by C.C. Young, a paleontologist from China.

What was a Dsungaripterus's habitat?

The Dsungaripterus weii, having curved jaws with a pointed tip, had no teeth in the front part of its jaws, which were most likely employed to extract shellfish and insects from rock fissures or sandy, muddy beaches, indicating that it lived in a marine environment.

Who did a Dsungaripterus live with?

The Dsungaripterus, discovered by Young during the early Cretaceous period, is generally a solitary animal. Still, they can meet a mate during mating season, and they become life partners.

How long did a Dsungaripterus live?

The Dsungaripterus age or its lifespan remains unknown due to lack of research.

How did they reproduce?

Due to a lack of research about the Dsungaripterus size, the wildlife they share their habitat with, and other things, there is no way to figure out how they reproduced.

Dsungaripterus Fun Facts

What did a Dsungaripterus look like?

Dsungaripterus, a member of the pterosaurs family, had a modest bone crest that went down from the bottom of the skull to halfway to the snout on its 16-20 in (40.6-50.8 cm) long head. When soaring, the crest may have served as a rudder or may have been a supplementary sex feature.

Dsungaripterus' neck and head were about 3.3 ft (1 m) long when combined. Its long, narrow, curved jaws with a pointed tip are its most notable feature.

It lacked teeth in the front part of the jaws, likely employed to extract prey from rock fissures and/or the sandy, muddy coastal areas it frequented.

Instead, it has knobbly flat teeth on the back of the jaw that were ideal for smashing shellfish armor or other hard materials. Dsungaripterus' palate was comparable to that of Azhdarchoid pterosaurs.

The wingspan of Dsungaripterus, meaning Junggar Basin\u00a0wing, was 10 ft (3 m)

How many bones did a Dsungaripterus have?

The Dsungaripterus skull and the Dsungaripterus formation do not reveal the total number of bones they had. However, the temporal range of Dsungaripterus gave scientists a good idea of a possible skeleton, which was used to make the skeleton.

How did they communicate?

There is little to no data on how this species of pterosaurs communicated. Usually, there are some clues in the skull as to how the voice carries out of the mouth, but alas, no such thing could be found in the species of Pterosaurs.

How big was a Dsungaripterus?

The Dsungaripterus, a Jurassic dinosaur, stood about 4 ft (1.2 m) tall. The length of a wandering albatross, on the other hand, ranges from 3.5-4.4 ft (1.06-1.34 m). Thus, Jurassic dinosaurs were slightly smaller than endangered species of wandering albatross birds.

How fast could a Dsungaripterus move?

Dsungaripterus was a type of gliding reptile. Dsungaripterus used large, lightweight wings to fly long distances. A leathery covering covered the Dsungaripterus wings. The Dsungaripteruswingspan length measures up to 10-11.5 ft (3-3.5 m). The bony crest may have served as a rudder when traveling or may have been a reproductive characteristic.

How much did a Dsungaripterus weigh?

The weight of the Dsungaripetrus prehistoric dinosaurs was about 30 lb (13.6 kg). The Dsungaripterus diet certainly included shellfish because Dsungaripterus teeth (back jaws) were flat for crushing shells.

What were the male and female names of the species?

The male and female of these dinosaurs, which were the first Dsungaripterus fossils discovered in China during the Jurassic period, have no particular title.

What would you call a baby Dsungaripterus?

The baby species of this Pterosaur dinosaur, which had a bony crest on the skull, wide, leathery wings, curved necks with long skulls, a big head with flat teeth, and lived during the early Cretaceous period, had no specific name.

What did they eat?

Dsungaripterus was a carnivore that ate fish grabbed at the ocean's float, crabs, mollusks, plankton (for some species), bugs, and even scavenged dead animals on land. However, it lacked teeth in the front part of its curved jaw with a pointed tip, likely employed to extract shellfish and worms from rock fissures or the sandy, muddy beaches it frequented.

Instead, it featured knobbly flat teeth toward the back of the jaw, which were ideal for smashing shellfish shells.

How aggressive were they?

As carnivores, there is very little known about the Dsungaripterus Phobetor and the Dsungaripterus ecology. However, they might have been fairly aggressive due to their carnivorous nature, as seen when you watch the Dsungaripterus in 'Jurassic World', and in other movies.

Did you know?

Yang Zhongjian named the species Dsungaripterus in 1964. The name of the genus includes a connection to the Junggar Basin with Latinized Greek term 'pteron', which means 'wing'. IVPP V-2776, a  fragmentary skull, and the skeleton is the holotype. Pterodactylus brancai, a form from a late Jurassic African deposit, was renamed Dsungaripterus brancai by Peter Galton in 1980.

Dinosaurs, pterosaurs, crocodilians, birds are all members of the Archosaurs group.

Did the Dsungaripterus hunt?

For the most part, Dsungaripterus was a cautious hunter. However, the Pterosaur teeth may have been beneficial on tiny animals as well, as long as they were not really too large for the Pterosaur to manage. The majority of these Pterosaurs had short torsos, limiting the large prey they could take.

What was special about their wings?

They possessed large brains and excellent vision. A leathery covering covered the Dsungaripterus wings.

The construction of the wing was formed by a thin yet durable membrane stretching between its body, the top of its limbs, and its expanded fourth fingers. The first Dsungaripterus skeleton was recovered in the Junggar Basin in China by Young in 1964. They observed more complete fossils from 1973 onward.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly dinosaur facts for everyone to discover! Learn more about other creatures from our Ichthyovenator facts, or Chungkingosaurus facts for kids.

You can even occupy yourself at home by coloring in one of our free printable Dsungaripterus coloring pages.


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