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21st May '18 2:12:17 AM Dghcrh
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* The ''VideoGame/ClubPenguin'' Prehistoric Parties feature ''Pteranodon'' as one of the prehistoric animals penguins can transform into, which has more inaccuracies than accuracies. On one hand, it's apparently identified as a dinosaur, it lack pycnofibres, it' s tail is a bit too long (although not as much as that of ''Ramphorynchus''), the wings have pointy tips and they attach to the hips instead of the ankles and it has two wing fingers instead of three, as well as two toes. On the other hand, it's toothless and the wing attaches to a fourth (well, third in this case) finger.

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* The ''VideoGame/ClubPenguin'' Prehistoric Parties feature ''Pteranodon'' as one of the prehistoric animals penguins can transform into, which has more both inaccuracies than and accuracies. On one hand, it's apparently identified as a dinosaur, it aparently lack pycnofibres, pycnofibres (though the artstyle makes it hard to tell), it' s tail is a bit too long (although not as much as that of ''Ramphorynchus''), the wings have pointy tips and they attach to the hips instead of the ankles and it has two wing fingers instead of three, as well as two toes. On the other hand, it's toothless and the wing attaches to a fourth (well, third in this case) finger.



* Interdimensional spy Tomoko (Kimiko's sister) from the ''WesternAnimation/XiaolinChronicles'' episode "Tigress Woo" has a size-shifting pterosaur (its species is not identified, but it has a ''Pteranodon'' crest) named Dina which she uses as a mean of transport. As always, it's scaly, bipedal, with bat wings and its name obviously shouts "dinosaur". Justified, for being a magical creature from another dimension.

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* Interdimensional spy Tomoko (Kimiko's sister) from the ''WesternAnimation/XiaolinChronicles'' episode "Tigress Woo" has a size-shifting pterosaur (its species is not identified, but it has a ''Pteranodon'' crest) or ''Ludodactylus'' crest [[note]]given it has teeth, it's probably the latter. [[/note]]) named Dina which she uses as a mean of transport. As always, it's scaly, bipedal, with bat wings and its name obviously shouts "dinosaur". Justified, for being a magical creature from another dimension.
21st May '18 1:53:24 AM Dghcrh
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* Interdimensional spy Tomoko (Kimiko's sister) from the ''WesternAnimation/XiaolinChronicles'' episode "Tigress Woo" has a size-shifting pterosaur (its species is not identified, but it has a ''Pteranodon'' crest) named Dina which she uses as a mean of transport. As always, it's scaly, bipedal, with bat wings and its name obviously shouts "dinosaur". Justified, for being a magical creature from another dimension.
4th May '18 5:18:38 AM Spinosegnosaurus77
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While it is true that our knowledge of prehistoric fauna is steadily improving, the depictions in popular media do not seem to be as up to date with modern science. While dinosaurs are increasingly averting ScienceMarchesOn, however, the same cannot be said for the other dominant organisms during their 200-million-year reign. As a case in point, look no further than their close relatives, the pterosaurs -- the first vertebrates [[note]]that is, animals with backbones[[/note]] to [[{{Flight}} fly.]]

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While it is true that our knowledge of prehistoric fauna is steadily improving, the depictions in popular media do not seem to be as up to date with modern science. While dinosaurs are increasingly averting ScienceMarchesOn, however, the same cannot be said for the other dominant organisms reptiles during their 200-million-year reign. As a case in point, look no further than their close relatives, the pterosaurs -- the first vertebrates [[note]]that is, animals with backbones[[/note]] to [[{{Flight}} fly.]]
4th May '18 4:01:02 AM Carliro
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* The trial cinematic script based on ''Literature/TheKaturranOdyssey'' has a flock of ''Thalassodromeus'' antagonising the main characters. They're rather accurate, being terrestrial predators like the real animals are thought to be.
1st May '18 12:21:45 PM RichardX1
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** While the pterosaurs are out of scale (sans ''Rhamphorhynchus'' who is properly small), they are surprisingly anatomically accurate for their time. ''Quetzalcoatlus'' and ''Pterodactylus'' are both portrayed as crested (surprising for the latter as it was not known to have a crest until 2004), and in the cartoon all the pterosaur genera are portrayed as quadrupeds.

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** While the pterosaurs are out of scale (sans ''Rhamphorhynchus'' who is properly small), they are surprisingly anatomically accurate for their time. ''Quetzalcoatlus'' and ''Pterodactylus'' are both portrayed as crested (surprising for the latter as it was not known to have a crest until 2004), and in the cartoon all the pterosaur genera are portrayed as quadrupeds. Also, the ''Quetzalcoatlus'', ''Pteranodon'',[[note]]which was a ''Quetzalcoatlus'' toy with a different head design[[/note]] and ''Pterodactylus'' all had a "skin" texture that portrayed a coating of hair.
19th Apr '18 9:09:30 PM Geosternbergia
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* ''PlantsVsZombies2ItsAboutTime'': "Pterodactyls" show up in the Jurassic Marsh levels, resembling cartoony toothy ''Pteranodon'' but [[AnachronismStew coexisting with "Raptors", Stegosaurus, and T. rex]]. They're scaly, bipedal, and can pick up zombies with their feet, [[DungeonBypass dropping them off on the near side of your lawn to attack your plants from behind]]. If [[MookFaceTurn charmed by the Perfume-Shroom]], however, they carry zombies off the lawn for a OneHitKill instead.
19th Apr '18 9:01:14 PM Geosternbergia
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* WebOriginal/{{Mortasheen}} gives us the [[http://www.bogleech.com/mortasheen/pteracide.htm Pteracide.]] Granted, its skull looks ''nothing'' like any real pterosaur, it's next to naked, and [[OhCrap it leaks acid from its chest]], but hey, at least it's quadrupedal and supports each wing with one finger.
** That being said, the artist in question normally [[ShownTheirWork does his research]] on the animals his monsters are based on. It's almost guaranteed that the Pteracide was intended to be deliberately over-the-top.

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* WebOriginal/{{Mortasheen}} gives us the [[http://www.bogleech.com/mortasheen/pteracide.htm Pteracide.]] Granted, its Pteracide]], an acid-spraying flyer that's next to naked with a skull that looks ''nothing'' like any real pterosaur, it's next to naked, and [[OhCrap it leaks acid from its chest]], but hey, at least it's is quadrupedal and supports each wing with one finger.
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finger, and much later, the [[http://www.bogleech.com/mortasheen/gunkergeist.htm Gunkergeist]], a [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot flightless ghostly azdharchid]] that [[SuperSpit spits gobs of]] GreyGoo at its prey. Of course, the artist in question normally [[ShownTheirWork does his research]] on the animals his monsters are based on. It's on, so it's almost guaranteed that the Pteracide these monsters was intended to be deliberately over-the-top.over-the-top.
** Played slightly straighter, and with even more BodyHorror thrown in for the heck of it, is the [[http://www.bogleech.com/mortasheen/vaporgeist.htm Vaporgeist]], which looks like the Crystal Palace depictions of pterosaurs crossed with a disembodied pair of lungs, bearing a branching tubular snout instead of a beak that can [[BreathWeapon spray clouds of]] [[DeadlyGas poisonous gas]].
19th Apr '18 8:52:35 PM Geosternbergia
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* Pterosaurs in fiction [[DeathFromAbove will grab objects with their feet]] [[KidnappingBirdOfPrey and hoist them into the air]], presumably to be carried away and eaten. Pterosaur feet were designed for quadrupedal walking on the ground, or for climbing vertical objects or branch systems depending on the species.[[note]]Although that claim is subject to controversy.[[/note]] No known pterosaur had prehensile feet with opposable digits, which makes any depiction of pterosaurs picking humans up with their feet inaccurate. In a similar vein, many works are also guilty of portraying pterosaurs as digitigrade (walking on their toes), rather than plantigrade (walking on their whole foot) as they were in life, with the feet often resembling those of birds, and occasionally giving them an incorrect number of toes - the correct number should be four (though some primitive ones had five), instead of three (see: Harryhausen's ''Pteranodon'' from ''One Million Years B.C.'') or five (see: the ''Pteranodons'' from ''Jurassic Park III'').

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* Pterosaurs in fiction [[DeathFromAbove will grab objects with their feet]] [[KidnappingBirdOfPrey and hoist them into the air]], presumably to be carried away and eaten. Pterosaur feet were designed for quadrupedal walking on the ground, or for climbing vertical objects or branch systems depending on the species.[[note]]Although that claim is subject to controversy.[[/note]] No known pterosaur had prehensile feet with opposable digits, which makes any depiction of pterosaurs picking humans up with their feet inaccurate. In a similar vein, many works are also guilty of portraying pterosaurs as digitigrade (walking on their toes), rather than plantigrade (walking on their whole foot) as they were in life, with the feet often resembling those of birds, and occasionally giving them an incorrect number of toes on each foot - the correct number should be four (though some primitive ones had five), instead of three (see: Harryhausen's ''Pteranodon'' from ''One Million Years B.C.'') or five (see: the ''Pteranodons'' from ''Jurassic Park III'').
19th Apr '18 8:51:44 PM Geosternbergia
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* Pterosaurs in fiction [[DeathFromAbove will grab objects with their feet]] [[KidnappingBirdOfPrey and hoist them into the air]], presumably to be carried away and eaten. Pterosaur feet were designed for quadrupedal walking on the ground, or for climbing vertical objects or branch systems depending on the species.[[note]]Although that claim is subject to controversy.[[/note]] No known pterosaur had prehensile feet with opposable digits, which makes any depiction of pterosaurs picking humans up with their feet inaccurate. In a similar vein, many works are also guilty of portraying pterosaurs as digitigrade (walking on their toes), rather than plantigrade (walking on their whole foot) as they were in life, often resembling those of birds, and occasionally giving them an incorrect number of toes - the correct number should be four (though some primitive ones had five), instead of three (see: Harryhausen's ''Pteranodon'' from ''One Million Years B.C.'') or five (see: the ''Pteranodons'' from ''Jurassic Park III'').

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* Pterosaurs in fiction [[DeathFromAbove will grab objects with their feet]] [[KidnappingBirdOfPrey and hoist them into the air]], presumably to be carried away and eaten. Pterosaur feet were designed for quadrupedal walking on the ground, or for climbing vertical objects or branch systems depending on the species.[[note]]Although that claim is subject to controversy.[[/note]] No known pterosaur had prehensile feet with opposable digits, which makes any depiction of pterosaurs picking humans up with their feet inaccurate. In a similar vein, many works are also guilty of portraying pterosaurs as digitigrade (walking on their toes), rather than plantigrade (walking on their whole foot) as they were in life, with the feet often resembling those of birds, and occasionally giving them an incorrect number of toes - the correct number should be four (though some primitive ones had five), instead of three (see: Harryhausen's ''Pteranodon'' from ''One Million Years B.C.'') or five (see: the ''Pteranodons'' from ''Jurassic Park III'').
19th Apr '18 8:50:23 PM Geosternbergia
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* Pterosaurs in fiction [[DeathFromAbove will grab objects with their feet]] [[KidnappingBirdOfPrey and hoist them into the air]], presumably to be carried away and eaten. Pterosaur feet were designed for quadrupedal walking on the ground, or for climbing vertical objects or branch systems depending on the species.[[note]]Although that claim is subject to controversy.[[/note]] No known pterosaur had prehensile feet with opposable digits, which makes any depiction of pterosaurs picking humans up with their feet inaccurate.

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* Pterosaurs in fiction [[DeathFromAbove will grab objects with their feet]] [[KidnappingBirdOfPrey and hoist them into the air]], presumably to be carried away and eaten. Pterosaur feet were designed for quadrupedal walking on the ground, or for climbing vertical objects or branch systems depending on the species.[[note]]Although that claim is subject to controversy.[[/note]] No known pterosaur had prehensile feet with opposable digits, which makes any depiction of pterosaurs picking humans up with their feet inaccurate. In a similar vein, many works are also guilty of portraying pterosaurs as digitigrade (walking on their toes), rather than plantigrade (walking on their whole foot) as they were in life, often resembling those of birds, and occasionally giving them an incorrect number of toes - the correct number should be four (though some primitive ones had five), instead of three (see: Harryhausen's ''Pteranodon'' from ''One Million Years B.C.'') or five (see: the ''Pteranodons'' from ''Jurassic Park III'').



* Portraying pterosaurs as digitigrade (walking on their toes), rather than plantigrade (walking on their whole foot) as they were in life.



* Averted in ''Literature/LordOfTheRings'' (of all places): Tolkien stated that the "Fell Beasts" the Nazgul fly on ''aren't'' pterosaurs.

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* Averted Largely averted in ''Literature/LordOfTheRings'' (of all places): Tolkien stated that the "Fell Beasts" the Nazgul fly on ''aren't'' pterosaurs.pterosaurs, despite having naked skin, beaked faces and featherless wings described as "webs of hide between horned fingers". That being said, though, he did acknowledge that they are "pterodactylic" in nature, and "might even be 'a last survivor of older geological eras.'"



** A baddie encountered in that same world is the Soarasaurus. It resembles a cartoony green pteranodon.

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** A baddie encountered in that same world is the Soarasaurus. It resembles a cartoony green pteranodon.''Pteranodon''.



* [[Characters/PokemonGenerationIFamilies Aerodactyl]], the Fossil Franchise/{{Pokemon}}, plays this trope as straight as can be. This is justified, however, in that it isn't meant to represent any known species to begin with, and also because it takes elements from [[DinosaursAreDragons the two-legged, two-winged wyvern]] (which may explain why the [[OurDragonsAreDifferent Dragon-type]] specialist Lance has one on his team). As of 2014, there is a pterosaur species named after Aerodactyl, ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aerodactylus Aerodactylus scolopaciceps,]]'' in a bizarre way, this technically means that Aerodactyl has been {{Defictionaliz|ation}}ed.[[note]]But it can't be cloned and probably wasn't a gigantic super predator.[[/note]]

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* [[Characters/PokemonGenerationIFamilies Aerodactyl]], the Fossil Franchise/{{Pokemon}}, plays this trope as straight as can be. This is justified, however, in that it isn't meant to represent any known species to begin with, and also because it takes elements from [[DinosaursAreDragons the two-legged, two-winged wyvern]] (which may explain why the [[OurDragonsAreDifferent Dragon-type]] specialist Lance has one on his team). As of 2014, there is a pterosaur species named after Aerodactyl, ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aerodactylus Aerodactylus scolopaciceps,]]'' in a bizarre way, this technically means that Aerodactyl has been {{Defictionaliz|ation}}ed.[[note]]But {{Defictionaliz|ation}}ed[[note]]Though of course it can't be cloned and probably wasn't a gigantic super predator.[[/note]] [[/note]].
** Skarmory from Gold and Silver also takes a bit of influence from pop-culture pterosaurs, tending to play the KidnappingBirdOfPrey role a lot of these creatures occupy. While its body is largely bird-like in shape, it has a head resembling that of a ''Pteranodon'' with a few teeth in its lower jaw, a vertically flattened tail not unlike that of certain long-tailed pterosaurs (but much shorter), and weird-looking RazorWings that resemble Venetian blinds more than anything else.



* The ''Quetzalcoatlus'' from The Hunter Primal while reasonably accurate (they have Pycnofibers and a realistic skull shape) show a KidnappingBirdOfPrey like behaviour similar to the ones seen in ''VideoGame/PrimalCarnage'' and ''VideoGame/DinoCrisis'' in which they grab the player's character with their feet (which is anatomically impossible) to then letting you free causing to suffer a swift death [[NotTheFallThatKillsYou by showing you how gravity works]]. Ironically and in spite of the fact that Quetzalcoatlus was one of the most terrestrial species of Pterosaur, they are never seen on the ground.

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* The ''Quetzalcoatlus'' from The ''The Hunter Primal Primal'' while reasonably accurate (they have Pycnofibers and a realistic skull shape) show a KidnappingBirdOfPrey like behaviour similar to the ones seen in ''VideoGame/PrimalCarnage'' and ''VideoGame/DinoCrisis'' in which they grab the player's character with their feet (which is anatomically impossible) to then letting you free causing to suffer a swift death [[NotTheFallThatKillsYou by showing you how gravity works]]. Ironically and in spite of the fact that Quetzalcoatlus was one of the most terrestrial species of Pterosaur, they are never seen on the ground.



* ''VideoGame/ArkSurvivalEvolved'''s pterosaurs run the gamut.

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* ''VideoGame/ArkSurvivalEvolved'''s pterosaurs run the gamut.gamut:



* Ridley, Samus' ArchEnemy from ''VideoGame/{{Metroid}}'', resembles a bizarre, draconic cartoon pterodactyl. All of his inaccuracies are justified by the fact that he's an alien.

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* Ridley, Samus' ArchEnemy from ''VideoGame/{{Metroid}}'', resembles a bizarre, draconic cartoon pterodactyl.pterodactyl with humanoid arms as well as wings. All of his inaccuracies are justified by the fact that he's an alien.
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