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Pteranodon is a genus of extinct, large, flying reptiles. They thrived worldwide for about 1.5 million years during the Late Cretaceous Era starting 86 million years ago.
Pteranodon is not classified as a dinosaur, but rather with a separate group called pterosaurs. Othniel Charles Marsh discovered the first Pteranodon in 1870 in chalk deposits of western Kansas. This area of North America was once covered by a shallow sea. Since then, about 1,200 fossil specimens of Pteranodon have been found, mostly in present-day Kansas, Alabama, Nebraska, Wyoming, and South Dakota.
Adult male Pteranodon were among the largest flying animals ever to exist. The largest specimen of Pteranodon measures 7.25 meters (23.8 ft) from wingtip to wingtip. Pteranodon was unique from other pterosaurs in that the beak was toothless like a bird, though Pteranodon was not closely related to modern birds. The crests on the animals’ skulls were probably display structures for attracting mates, though they may have had other functions as well.