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Pteranodon

 

a genus of giant extinct reptiles of the order Pterodactyloidei of the superorder Pterosauria. Pteranodon lived in the Cretaceous period. The wingspread reached 7.5 m. The huge head, measuring approximately 1 m, ended anteriorly with a powerful, pointed, toothless bill; posteriorly, the head ended with a long and massive occipital crest that possibly served as a counterweight. Pteranodon inhabited the shores of seas, feeding on fish caught on the fly from the water. Several species have been described from Upper Cretaceous deposits in North America.

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The Pteranodons and Mosasaurus have a great time near the ocean's surface, each family showing the other how they hunt and catch fish to eat.
Everyone's favorite Pteranodon family rides the DINOSAUR TRAIN Submarine to meet sea creature friends in an all-new science special airing February 18 on PBS KIDS and available on DVD February 19, 2013
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Action sequences are orchestrated at a lick, seamlessly integrating digital trickery with live action including chaotic scenes of a flock of pteranodons plucking visitors from the ground.
Though Marion righteously intones, ``We don't approve of violence in Dinotopia,'' there's a primitive Air Force for which the hapless David is recruited, and for dire reason: It seems that the energy from sunstones, the source of the land's positive life forces, are fading, and since Enron's not around to overcharge the people for electricity, the inhabitants are in impending danger of being overrun by marauding pteranodons.
Most impressive among the newcomers -- and eerily pre-figured in the final shot of `The Lost World" -- are the flying pteranodons, whose encounter with the hapless humans in a giant aviary is worth the price of admission alone.
Final reel, which most shows signs of last-minute cut* ting, leaves room for a sequel featuring the pteranodons.
And, while Spielberg takes an executive producer credit and provided a plot outline (as well as insisting on the inclusion of the attack by flying pteranodons he'd had to drop from The Lost World ), calling the shots this time is Joe Johnston.
Perhaps most fascinating are the flying pteranodons, who swoop and snatch food for their chicks with a terrible, sinewy elegance.