Pterodactyloidea


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Pterodactyloidea

[¦ter·ə¦dak·tə′lȯid·ē·ə]
(paleontology)
A suborder of Late Jurassic and Cretaceous reptiles in the order Pterosauria distinguished by lacking tails and having increased functional wing length due to elongation of the metacarpels.
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Through scientific analysis the team established it as the first pterosaur to bear the characteristics of the Pterodactyloidea, which would become the dominant winged creatures of the prehistoric world.