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29th May '17 12:55:33 PM CJCroen1393
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* 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.
25th May '17 4:32:16 AM Spinosegnosaurus77
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Of course, nothing adds to a prehistoric atmosphere like tossing in some of these "flying reptiles." However, it's a good idea to take most depictions of pterosaurs [[ArtisticLicenseBiology with a grain of salt.]] Most media will ratchet them up to being eagles or bats on crack, [[KidnappingBirdOfPrey snatching prey (like tasty humans) for feeding]] and being far more agile than they were in real life. Keep in mind that as in the case of most other prehistoric animals, RuleOfCool very much applies here.

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Of course, nothing adds to a prehistoric atmosphere like tossing in some of these "flying reptiles." flying reptiles. However, it's a good idea to take most depictions of pterosaurs [[ArtisticLicenseBiology with a grain of salt.]] Most media will ratchet them up to being eagles or bats on crack, [[KidnappingBirdOfPrey snatching prey (like tasty humans) for feeding]] and being far more agile than they were in real life. Keep in mind that as in the case of most other prehistoric animals, RuleOfCool very much applies here.
24th May '17 9:42:53 PM schoi30
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** The related ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caulkicephalus Caulkicephalus]]'' appears to have had a similar teeth-and-crest combo. It also possessed a keeled crest on its snout much like ''Ornithocheirus'', making it an outright MixAndMatchCritter.

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** The related ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caulkicephalus Caulkicephalus]]'' appears to have had a similar teeth-and-crest combo. It also possessed a keeled crest on its snout much like ''Ornithocheirus'', making it resemble an outright MixAndMatchCritter.
24th May '17 9:41:16 PM schoi30
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** The related ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caulkicephalus Caulkicephalus]]'' appears to have had a similar teeth-and-crest combo.

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** The related ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caulkicephalus Caulkicephalus]]'' appears to have had a similar teeth-and-crest combo. It also possessed a keeled crest on its snout much like ''Ornithocheirus'', making it an outright MixAndMatchCritter.
2nd May '17 9:13:12 PM nombretomado
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* There have been a few pterosaur-based ''{{Transformers}}'' toys throughout the years, some less stellar than others. The [[TransformersGeneration1 original]] Dinobot Swoop was a boxy-looking metal ''Pteranodon'' that rested on its hind legs. Can be forgiven, as he was never meant to represent a realistic animal. The standard ''Pteranodon'' mold from ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'', however, ''was'', and fared badly -- huge crocodilian scales, a bird-like stance, prominent teeth. Skysaur, the Japanese-exclusive ''Quetzalcoatlus'' was similar, although he even had a bird-like beak and an incredibly short neck to boot. The Mini-Con ''Pteranodon'' mold and ''TransformersAnimated'''s Swoop-redesign were also old-school, biped pterosaurs, though like the original Swoop, they too were meant to be more mechanical-looking, so there is some leeway.

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* There have been a few pterosaur-based ''{{Transformers}}'' ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' toys throughout the years, some less stellar than others. The [[TransformersGeneration1 [[Franchise/TransformersGeneration1 original]] Dinobot Swoop was a boxy-looking metal ''Pteranodon'' that rested on its hind legs. Can be forgiven, as he was never meant to represent a realistic animal. The standard ''Pteranodon'' mold from ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'', however, ''was'', and fared badly -- huge crocodilian scales, a bird-like stance, prominent teeth. Skysaur, the Japanese-exclusive ''Quetzalcoatlus'' was similar, although he even had a bird-like beak and an incredibly short neck to boot. The Mini-Con ''Pteranodon'' mold and ''TransformersAnimated'''s ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'''s Swoop-redesign were also old-school, biped pterosaurs, though like the original Swoop, they too were meant to be more mechanical-looking, so there is some leeway.
25th Apr '17 4:29:24 PM Golondrina
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* The documentary ''Flying Monsters 3D'' by DavidAttenborough attempted to be an aversion of this trope. Unfortunately, [[http://pterosaur-net.blogspot.com/2011/01/what-despair-pterosaurs-and-david.html several mistakes made through to the final version]]. At least the visuals are nice.

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* The documentary ''Flying Monsters 3D'' by DavidAttenborough Creator/DavidAttenborough attempted to be an aversion of this trope. Unfortunately, [[http://pterosaur-net.blogspot.com/2011/01/what-despair-pterosaurs-and-david.html several mistakes made through to the final version]]. At least the visuals are nice.
4th Apr '17 9:32:49 AM Tiffzilla
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* Frequently averted by {{Creator/Trinzilla}}, whose mascot and signature RunningGag is an accurate depiction of an adult male ''Pteranodon''.
29th Mar '17 10:22:32 AM TrollMan
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* ''Series/WalkingWithDinosaurs'' fell somewhat to ScienceMarchesOn about its pterosaurs, and the way how they bend the wings when on the ground is still anatomically impossible. They still didn't give much effort into their ''Quetzalcoatlus'', which was just a recolored and slightly tweaked version of the ''Ornithocheirus'' model (short neck, teeth and all). On the other hand, they did show several lesser known species of pterosaurs, like said ''Ornithocheirus'', the small South American species ''Tapejara'' (based on specimens now reassigned to the genus ''Tupandactylus''), or the early Triassic ''Peteinosaurus'' (found mainly in modern day Italy and other parts of Europe and somewhat better known to paleontology fans).

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* ''Series/WalkingWithDinosaurs'' fell somewhat to ScienceMarchesOn about its pterosaurs, and the way how they bend the wings when on the ground is still anatomically impossible. They still didn't give much effort into their ''Quetzalcoatlus'', which was just a recolored and slightly tweaked version of the ''Ornithocheirus'' model (short neck, teeth and all). On the other hand, they did show several lesser known species of pterosaurs, like said ''Ornithocheirus'', ''Ornithocheirus'' (based on specimens now assigned to the genus ''Tropeognathus''), the small South American species ''Tapejara'' (based on specimens now reassigned to the genus ''Tupandactylus''), or the early Late Triassic ''Peteinosaurus'' (found mainly in modern day Italy and other parts of Europe and somewhat better known to paleontology fans).



* ''Series/PlanetDinosaur'' features ''Hatzegopteryx'', chaoyangopterids and more unidentified pterosaurs. Behaviour-wise, they are accurate (''Hatzegopteryx'' being depicted as a terrestrial predator for example), despite both azhdarchoids being shown scavenging, but one critical error, thanks to ScienceMarchesOn, still applies. ''Hatzegopteryx'', despite being depicted as a terrifying terrestrial predator, ''was not as scary as the real thing'', because it was armed with a larger head and a much shorter, thicker neck, plus a muscular build, for taking down and ripping apart the ''adult'' dinosaurs, while in the show it ate only prey it could swallow whole.There are also a few small anatomical errors, such as pointy wings.

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* ''Series/PlanetDinosaur'' features ''Hatzegopteryx'', chaoyangopterids and more unidentified pterosaurs. Behaviour-wise, they are accurate (''Hatzegopteryx'' being depicted as a terrestrial predator for example), despite both azhdarchoids being shown scavenging, but one critical error, thanks to ScienceMarchesOn, still applies. ''Hatzegopteryx'', despite being depicted as a terrifying terrestrial predator, ''was not as scary as the real thing'', because it was armed with a larger head and a much shorter, thicker neck, plus a muscular build, for taking down and ripping apart the ''adult'' dinosaurs, while in the show it ate only prey it could swallow whole. There are also a few small anatomical errors, such as pointy wings.wings and lack of a pteroid bone.
27th Mar '17 12:40:14 PM schoi30
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* Speaking of ''WesternAnimation/{{Transformers}}'', the episode of ''Dinobot Island Part 1'' featured all kinds of dinosaurs, including a [[http://tfwiki.net/mediawiki/images2/e/ed/Dinobotisland_ham_on_his_eggs.jpg flying dinosaur]] which decided that one of the TokenHuman characters was a snack.

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* Speaking of ''WesternAnimation/{{Transformers}}'', the episode of ''Dinobot Island Part 1'' featured all kinds of dinosaurs, Mesozoic reptiles, including a [[http://tfwiki.net/mediawiki/images2/e/ed/Dinobotisland_ham_on_his_eggs.jpg flying dinosaur]] pterosaur]] which decided that one of the TokenHuman characters was a snack.
27th Mar '17 12:16:24 PM SomeoneImSure
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* Terrorsaur's alt-mode in ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' is a hairless ''Pteranodon'' with a beak full of teeth, and a scaly skin. He moved on the ground by hopping on his tiny back legs. A funny sight, actually.

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* Terrorsaur's alt-mode in ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' is a hairless ''Pteranodon'' with a beak full of teeth, and a scaly skin. He moved on the ground by hopping on his tiny back legs. A funny sight, actually.actually.
* Speaking of ''WesternAnimation/{{Transformers}}'', the episode of ''Dinobot Island Part 1'' featured all kinds of dinosaurs, including a [[http://tfwiki.net/mediawiki/images2/e/ed/Dinobotisland_ham_on_his_eggs.jpg flying dinosaur]] which decided that one of the TokenHuman characters was a snack.
**Not forgetting about Swoop, the ''Pteranodon'' Dinobot.
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