4" Pterosaur (Pteranodon) Partial Metacarpal - Kansas

This is a 4" long, partial metacarpal bone of Pteranodon longiceps from the Smokey Hill Chalk in Kansas. It's fairly disformed from the preservation process and there are multiple repaired cracks.

Pteranodon is a genus of pterosaurs which included some of the largest known flying reptiles, with wingspans over 6 metres (20 ft). They lived during the late Cretaceous geological period of North America in present-day Kansas, Alabama, Nebraska, Wyoming, and South Dakota.
Pteranodon were pterosaurs, not dinosaurs.

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
Western Kansas
FORMATION
Niobrara Formation, Smoky Hill Chalk
SIZE
4" long
ITEM
#93771
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