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20th Jan '18 6:48:54 AM Spinosegnosaurus77
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* SmallTaxonomyPools, perhaps because the creators wanted to avoid the ViewersAreGeniuses trope, because they [[SmallReferencePools simply hadn't heard of them]], or because they didn't bother to do their homework. ''Pteranodon'' is easily the most recognisable of all pterosaurs in popular culture, with ''Rhamphorhynchus'' coming a close second. ''Quetzalcoatlus'' may get a mention, but the chances of meeting any other pterosaur species in fiction is virtually nil.

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* SmallTaxonomyPools, perhaps because the creators wanted to avoid the ViewersAreGeniuses trope, because they [[SmallReferencePools simply hadn't heard of them]], or because they didn't bother to do their homework. ''Pteranodon'' is easily the most recognisable recognizable of all pterosaurs in popular culture, with ''Rhamphorhynchus'' coming a close second. ''Quetzalcoatlus'' may get a mention, but the chances of meeting any other pterosaur species in fiction is virtually nil.
20th Jan '18 5:32:32 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 lack pycnofibres, 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 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.
20th Jan '18 5:15:47 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 lack pycnofibres, 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.
18th Jan '18 5:40:36 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 the ScienceMarchesOn trope, 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 the ScienceMarchesOn trope, 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.]]
17th Jan '18 10:05:41 PM schoi30
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* Nice averted with the ''Quetzalcoatlus from [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1E-nAJaN1jk this Japanese dinosaur documentary]], which has pycnofibres, takes off by vaulting and hunts prey on the ground.

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* Nice Nicely averted with the ''Quetzalcoatlus ''Quetzalcoatlus'' from [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1E-nAJaN1jk this Japanese dinosaur documentary]], which has pycnofibres, takes off by vaulting and hunts prey on the ground.
17th Jan '18 10:05:19 PM schoi30
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* Nice averted with the ''Quetzalcoatlus from [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1E-nAJaN1jk this Japanese dinosaur documentary]], which has pycnofibres, takes off by vaulting and hunts prey on the ground.
16th Jan '18 12:27:31 PM schoi30
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** In ''Film/JurassicWorld'', the ''Pteranodon'' (which are toothless this time, thankfully) are not only still portrayed as DeathFromAbove, but also joined by a different pterosaur: ''Dimorphodon''. The ''Dimorphodons'' themselves, however, are depicted as aerial predators (the real life ''Dimorphodon'' was a harmless insectivore/hunter of small animals), but they are fortunately portrayed with pycnofibres in contrast to the once again naked ''Pteranodons''. Interestingly, this film is probably the first pop culture work [[note]]Aside from ''Doraemon: Nobita's Dinosaur 2006'' mentioned above [[/note]] to depict ''Pteranodons'' plunge diving for food like pelicans or gannets, [[ShownTheirWork something they likely did in real life]], and it also remembers their sexual dimorphism (having short, stumpy crests when female).

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** In ''Film/JurassicWorld'', the ''Pteranodon'' (which are toothless this time, thankfully) are not only still portrayed as DeathFromAbove, but also joined by a different pterosaur: ''Dimorphodon''. The ''Dimorphodons'' themselves, however, are depicted as aerial predators (the real life ''Dimorphodon'' was a harmless insectivore/hunter of small animals), but they are fortunately portrayed with pycnofibres in contrast to the once again naked ''Pteranodons''. Interestingly, this film is probably the first pop culture work [[note]]Aside work[[note]]aside from ''Doraemon: Nobita's Dinosaur 2006'' mentioned above [[/note]] to depict ''Pteranodons'' plunge diving for food like pelicans or gannets, [[ShownTheirWork something they likely did in real life]], and it also remembers their sexual dimorphism (having short, stumpy crests when female).
16th Jan '18 12:23:45 PM schoi30
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* The ''Franchise/JurassicPark'' sequels famously depict ''Pteranodon longiceps'' as the token non-dinosaur prehistoric thing; of the two varieties, none is accurate. The first, which appears in ''Film/TheLostWorldJurassicPark'', is exactly like the ''Pteranodon'' of the seventies; leathery winged, bird necked, naked[[note]]or seemingly naked since the conceptual art and models show them with pycnofibres[[/note]], can perch on trees. The second in ''Film/JurassicParkIII'' looks slightly more like a real pterosaur, but it is again naked, its wings also seem leathery, and it has freaking teeth ("Pteranodon" [[MeaningfulName means]] '''toothless wing''') and again grasping feet. Possibly justified as they could be mutants, like other cloned prehistoric reptiles in the movies.

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* The ''Franchise/JurassicPark'' sequels famously depict ''Pteranodon longiceps'' as the token non-dinosaur prehistoric thing; of the two varieties, none is accurate. The first, which appears in ''Film/TheLostWorldJurassicPark'', is exactly like the ''Pteranodon'' of the seventies; leathery winged, bird necked, naked[[note]]or seemingly naked maybe not since the conceptual art and models show them with a thin coat of pycnofibres[[/note]], can perch on trees. The second in ''Film/JurassicParkIII'' looks slightly more like a real pterosaur, but it is again naked, its wings also seem leathery, and it has freaking teeth ("Pteranodon" [[MeaningfulName means]] '''toothless wing''') and again grasping feet. Possibly justified as they could be mutants, like other cloned prehistoric reptiles in the movies.
16th Jan '18 12:21:57 PM schoi30
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* The ''Franchise/JurassicPark'' sequels famously depict ''Pteranodon longiceps'' as the token non-dinosaur prehistoric thing; of the two varieties, none is accurate. The first, which appears in ''Film/TheLostWorldJurassicPark'', is exactly like the ''Pteranodon'' of the seventies; leathery winged, bird necked, naked, can perch on trees. The second in ''Film/JurassicParkIII'' looks slightly more like a real pterosaur, but it is again naked, its wings also seem leathery, and it has freaking teeth ("Pteranodon" [[MeaningfulName means]] '''toothless wing''') and again grasping feet. Possibly justified as they could be mutants, like other cloned prehistoric reptiles in the movies.

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* The ''Franchise/JurassicPark'' sequels famously depict ''Pteranodon longiceps'' as the token non-dinosaur prehistoric thing; of the two varieties, none is accurate. The first, which appears in ''Film/TheLostWorldJurassicPark'', is exactly like the ''Pteranodon'' of the seventies; leathery winged, bird necked, naked, naked[[note]]or seemingly naked since the conceptual art and models show them with pycnofibres[[/note]], can perch on trees. The second in ''Film/JurassicParkIII'' looks slightly more like a real pterosaur, but it is again naked, its wings also seem leathery, and it has freaking teeth ("Pteranodon" [[MeaningfulName means]] '''toothless wing''') and again grasping feet. Possibly justified as they could be mutants, like other cloned prehistoric reptiles in the movies.
9th Jan '18 3:19:38 AM Sleeping_Beauty
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* ToothyBird trope applied to pterosaurs. Specifically, this is when a pterosaur (like the iconic ''Pteranodon'') is shown [[MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily having teeth, sometimes a horrifying set of gnashers]], instead of a toothless beak (the name "pteranodon" actually means "wings without teeth"). Occasionally this can be reversed when a normally toothy pterosaur (like ''Rhamphorhynchus'') looks like it had a run-in with an angry dentist.

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* ToothyBird trope applied to pterosaurs. Specifically, this is when a pterosaur (like the iconic ''Pteranodon'') is shown [[MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily having teeth, sometimes a horrifying set of gnashers]], instead of a toothless beak (the name "pteranodon" actually means "wings without teeth")."Toothless wing"). Occasionally this can be reversed when a normally toothy pterosaur (like ''Rhamphorhynchus'') looks like it had a run-in with an angry dentist.
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