An Appreciation Post for Pterosaurs

        Although Pterosaurs are not technically dinosaurs it is still important to acknowledge their existence during the Mesozoic Era. I would not feel right running a blog about dinosaurs without including the iconic Pterodactyl in it. This fear inspiring, flying creature lived in slightly different forms during all of the Mesozoic Era (livescience.com). Pterosaurs, or pterodactyls as we know them, belong to the taxonomic order Pterosauria (livescience.com). All flying reptiles during the Mesozoic Era belonged to this order and were, in fact not dinosaurs. They were, however, the first vertebrates to fly (Brittanica.com).

            This blog post goes out to you, Pterosaurs. Thank you for dealing with us commoners frequently misidentifying you as dinosaurs or birds. Thank you for having that silent ‘P’ – it has inspired many jokes and helped me win a spelling contest. Thank you for striking fear into the hearts of all of Jurassic Park’s (fictional) visitors. Most importantly though, thank you for being so gosh darn cool.

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A Haiku* to Pterosaurs

Pterosaurs can fly

They are creatures of the sky

Dinosaurs are not**

 

*Please excuse me Pterosaurs, I am not a skilled enough poet to write an Ode to Pterosaurs.

**Many modern birds descended from dinosaurs, but the Mesozoic Era dinosaur could, fortunately, not fly (livescience.com).

Sources: http://www.livescience.com/24071-pterodactyl-pteranodon-flying-dinosaurs.html

https://www.britannica.com/animal/pterosaur

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