1.4" Fossil Pterosaur (Pteranodon) Phalange Section- Kansas

This is a 1.4" wide pterosaur (Pteranodon) phalange (finger/wing bone) section from the Smokey Hill Chalk in Gove County, Kansas. It is deformed from the preservation process but is in good condition. This is the proximal end of the bone and would have engaged the metacarpal. It is analogous to a the pinky bone in humans.

Pteranodon is a genus of pterosaurs which included some of the largest known flying reptiles, with wingspans over 6 meters (20 ft). They lived during the late Cretaceous of North America in present-day Kansas, Alabama, Nebraska, Wyoming, and South Dakota. Pteranodon were pterosaurs, not dinosaurs. The pteranodon was designated as the official Kansas state flying fossil in 2014.

An artists rendition of a flying Pteranodon.  By Nobu Tamura (www.palaeocritti.com)
An artists rendition of a flying Pteranodon. By Nobu Tamura (www.palaeocritti.com)

A reconstructed Pteranodon skeleton.
A reconstructed Pteranodon skeleton.


The Smoky Hill Chalk Member of the Niobrara Chalk formation is a Cretaceous conservation Lagerstätte, or fossil rich geological formation, known primarily for its exceptionally well-preserved marine reptiles. It outcrops in parts of northwest Kansas, its most famous localities for fossils, and in southeastern Nebraska. Large well-known fossils excavated from the Smoky Hill Chalk include marine reptiles such as plesiosaurs, large bony fish such as Xiphactinus, mosasaurs, pterosaurs, and turtles.
DETAILS
SPECIES
Pteranodon longiceps
LOCATION
Gove County, Kansas
FORMATION
Niobrara Formation, Smoky Hill Chalk
SIZE
1.4" wide
ITEM
#115212
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