Dinosauria Online


RAMPHORHYNCHUS (ram-fo-RINK-us) "Prow Beak" (Greek rhamphos = prow + rhynchos = beak, because its beak was curved)
Not a DINOSAUR, but a small, long-tailed PTEROSAUR of Late Jurassic Europe and Africa. This flying fish eater had a 4-foot (1.2 m) wingspan. Its body, including its tail, was only 18 inches (46 cm) long. The neck was short, but the head was long, and sharp teeth lined the long beak. Rhamphorhynchs had a small, flat membrane on the end of its very long, stiff tail. This membrane probably acted as a rudder.