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27th Jun '17 8:35:50 PM schoi30
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* Averted in ''Primitive War''. The ''Quetzalcoatlus'' have pycnofibres, walk quadrupedally, and are portrayed as terrestrial predators using their beaks to grab and impale. They also have speculative bristles on their tongues which help them give a firm grasp on their prey.

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* Averted in ''Primitive War''. The ''Quetzalcoatlus'' have pycnofibres, walk quadrupedally, and are portrayed as terrestrial predators using their beaks to grab and impale. grab. They also have speculative bristles on their tongues which help them give get a firm grasp on their prey.
27th Jun '17 8:21:19 PM schoi30
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* Averted in ''Primitive War''. The ''Quetzalcoatlus'' have pycnofibres, walk quadrupedally, and are portrayed as terrestrial predators using their beaks to grab their prey. They also have speculative bristles on their tongues which stick onto flesh.

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* Averted in ''Primitive War''. The ''Quetzalcoatlus'' have pycnofibres, walk quadrupedally, and are portrayed as terrestrial predators using their beaks to grab their prey. and impale. They also have speculative bristles on their tongues which stick onto flesh.help them give a firm grasp on their prey.
27th Jun '17 8:20:28 PM schoi30
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* Averted in ''Primitive War''. The ''Quetzalcoatlus'' have pycnofibres, walk quadrupedally, and are portrayed as terrestrial predators using their beaks to grab their prey. They also have speculative bristles on their tongues which stick onto flesh.
9th Jun '17 2:14:49 PM WillKeaton
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* [[http://paleoking.blogspot.com/2011/05/strange-journey-of-david-peters.html David Peters]], an artist, is infamous for having rather...''controversial'' portrayals of pterosaurs that he is absolutely convinced are scientific fact. Among other things, he's convinced that pterosaurs were lizards or related to lizards, that all pterosaurs were bipedal and that the quadrupedal launch was physically impossible (instead, he thinks they launched [[http://pterosaurheresies.files.wordpress.com/2011/08/quetzalcoatlus72running588.gif like this]]), that ''Jeholopterus'' was [[http://www.reptileevolution.com/images/lepidosauromorpha/diadectidae/lepidosauriformes/fenestrasauria/pterosauria/jeholopterus/Jeholopterus588.jpg a vampire bat analogue with many unnecessary appendages on its body]] and [[SmallNameBigEgo that so many well-known scientists are wrong]]. His evidence for pterosaur anatomy as he sees it? Taking extremely poor photographs and putting them through photoshop and coloring every random crack he can find, claiming that that's some sort of feature that those ignorant scientists clearly never caught. Yeah.
* ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ludodactylus Ludodactylus]]'', which was one of the first crested ''and'' toothed pterosaurs to be discovered, got its name to reference this trope (its name means "Toy Finger"). The name was basically a RealLife lampshading of the fact that, at the time, such a combination was considered almost paradoxical outside fictionland.

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* [[http://paleoking.blogspot.com/2011/05/strange-journey-of-david-peters.html David Peters]], Peters,]] an artist, is infamous for having rather...''controversial'' portrayals of pterosaurs that he is absolutely convinced are scientific fact. Among other things, he's convinced that pterosaurs were lizards or related to lizards, that all pterosaurs were bipedal and that the quadrupedal launch was physically impossible (instead, he thinks they launched [[http://pterosaurheresies.files.wordpress.com/2011/08/quetzalcoatlus72running588.gif like this]]), that ''Jeholopterus'' was [[http://www.reptileevolution.com/images/lepidosauromorpha/diadectidae/lepidosauriformes/fenestrasauria/pterosauria/jeholopterus/Jeholopterus588.jpg a vampire bat analogue with many unnecessary appendages on its body]] and [[SmallNameBigEgo that so many well-known scientists are wrong]]. His evidence for pterosaur anatomy as he sees it? Taking extremely poor photographs and putting them through photoshop and coloring every random crack he can find, claiming that that's some sort of feature that those ignorant scientists clearly never caught. Yeah.
* ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ludodactylus Ludodactylus]]'', Ludodactylus,]]'' which was one of the first crested ''and'' toothed pterosaurs to be discovered, got its name to reference this trope (its name means "Toy Finger"). The name was basically a RealLife lampshading of the fact that, at the time, such a combination was considered almost paradoxical outside fictionland.
9th Jun '17 2:13:56 PM WillKeaton
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** The [[http://www.neopets.com/pteri/ Pteri]]. As its name suggests, [[http://images.neopets.com/pp/pteri.gif its design is very reminiscent of a really small, adorable pterodactyl]] and it is native to [[{{Prehistoria}} Tyrannia]], but it's commonly referred to as a [[AllFlyersAreBirds bird]]. It's is possible that the Pteri might be based on an ''Archaeopteryx'', given its feathers and long tail.

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** The [[http://www.neopets.com/pteri/ Pteri]]. As its name suggests, [[http://images.neopets.com/pp/pteri.gif its design is very reminiscent of a really small, adorable pterodactyl]] and it is native to [[{{Prehistoria}} Tyrannia]], Tyrannia,]] but it's commonly referred to as a [[AllFlyersAreBirds bird]]. It's is possible that the Pteri might be based on an ''Archaeopteryx'', given its feathers and long tail.
9th Jun '17 2:13:17 PM WillKeaton
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* [[Characters/PokemonGenerationIFamilies Aerodactyl]], the Fossil {{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 {{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]]''. scolopaciceps,]]'' in a bizarre way, this technically means that Aerodactyl has been {{Defictionaliz|ation}}ed[[note]]But {{Defictionaliz|ation}}ed.[[note]]But it can't be cloned and probably wasn't a gigantic super predator[[/note]] predator.[[/note]]



* Naturally, Prehistoric TV Reconstruction Kitteh [[http://optimisticpainter.wordpress.com/2011/09/15/kitteh-in-terrordactile/ has some fun with this]].
* The whole idea of fictional pterosaurs being dragons with the numbers filed off is parodied with relish [[http://www.flickr.com/photos/babbletrish/6188862899/in/photostream/ near the bottom of this comic]].
* [[Wiki/SCPFoundation SCP]]-[[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-346 346]], a miniature pterodactyl one of the researchers keeps as a pet (though at the very least it appears to have pycnofibres, and is most likely a previously undiscovered species).

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* Naturally, Prehistoric TV Reconstruction Kitteh [[http://optimisticpainter.wordpress.com/2011/09/15/kitteh-in-terrordactile/ has some fun with this]].
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* The whole idea of fictional pterosaurs being dragons with the numbers filed off is parodied with relish [[http://www.flickr.com/photos/babbletrish/6188862899/in/photostream/ near the bottom of this comic]].
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* [[Wiki/SCPFoundation SCP]]-[[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-346 346]], 346,]] a miniature pterodactyl one of the researchers keeps as a pet (though at the very least it appears to have pycnofibres, and is most likely a previously undiscovered species).



* Parodied along with many other paleo-inaccuracies in [[http://tomozaurus.deviantart.com/art/Meet-The-Pseudosaurs-282772529 "Meet the Pseudosaurs"]].

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* Parodied along with many other paleo-inaccuracies in [[http://tomozaurus.deviantart.com/art/Meet-The-Pseudosaurs-282772529 "Meet the Pseudosaurs"]].Pseudosaurs."]]
9th Jun '17 2:12:15 PM WillKeaton
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* The Japanese toy line Colorata beautifully averts this with both their [[http://www.colorata.com/fs/colorata/figure/figurebox_dd1 figurines]] and their [[http://www.colorata.com/fs/colorata/st_dinosaur/st_sitting_dd07 Pteranodon plush]].
* Averted with the Chicago Field Museum's plush [[http://store.fieldmuseum.org/product/FIELD_MUSEUM_-_PTERANODON_PLUSH Pteranodon]]. It's furry, quadrupedal, has webbed feet, lacks teeth, wings are attached to the lower legs, and it even has a pteroid bone.

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* The Japanese toy line Colorata beautifully averts this with both their [[http://www.colorata.com/fs/colorata/figure/figurebox_dd1 figurines]] and their [[http://www.colorata.com/fs/colorata/st_dinosaur/st_sitting_dd07 Pteranodon plush]].
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* Averted with the Chicago Field Museum's plush [[http://store.fieldmuseum.org/product/FIELD_MUSEUM_-_PTERANODON_PLUSH Pteranodon]]. Pteranodon.]] It's furry, quadrupedal, has webbed feet, lacks teeth, wings are attached to the lower legs, and it even has a pteroid bone.
9th Jun '17 2:11:27 PM WillKeaton
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* The rhamphorynchid antagonists in episode 3 of ''Series/TerraNova''. To be exact, they lack pycnofibres and also have the PiranhaProblem. Not to mention that "rhamphorhynchoids" are [[AnachronismStew believed to have been extinct by the show's 85 million-year-old date]][[note]]Though [[http://www.askabiologist.org.uk/answers/viewtopic.php?id=2417 a Candeleros Formation specimen]] may indeed reflect a late-living "rhamphorhynchoid"[[/note]]. There is a larger and (slightly) better-looking pterodactyloid species that has a few cameos in one or two episodes, although it also commits the crime of being naked with pointed wings.

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* The rhamphorynchid antagonists in episode 3 of ''Series/TerraNova''. To be exact, they lack pycnofibres and also have the PiranhaProblem. Not to mention that "rhamphorhynchoids" are [[AnachronismStew believed to have been extinct by the show's 85 million-year-old date]][[note]]Though date.]][[note]]Though [[http://www.askabiologist.org.uk/answers/viewtopic.php?id=2417 a Candeleros Formation specimen]] may indeed reflect a late-living "rhamphorhynchoid"[[/note]]. "rhamphorhynchoid."[[/note]] There is a larger and (slightly) better-looking pterodactyloid species that has a few cameos in one or two episodes, although it also commits the crime of being naked with pointed wings.



* The JurassicPark toyline has had pterosaurs (mostly ''Pteranodons'', but there's a ''Quetzalcoatlus'' and a ''Tapejara'' as well) since before they appeared in the movies. They have their wings correctly supported by a single finger, but all have grasping feet and their wings are connected to the hips instead of legs, and in some toys not connected to the body at all (though this is most likely for the sake of articulation). At least all ''Pteranodon'' toys, even the ones based on ''Film/JurassicParkIII'', are properly toothless.

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* The JurassicPark ''JurassicPark'' toyline has had pterosaurs (mostly ''Pteranodons'', but there's a ''Quetzalcoatlus'' and a ''Tapejara'' as well) since before they appeared in the movies. They have their wings correctly supported by a single finger, but all have grasping feet and their wings are connected to the hips instead of legs, and in some toys not connected to the body at all (though this is most likely for the sake of articulation). At least all ''Pteranodon'' toys, even the ones based on ''Film/JurassicParkIII'', are properly toothless.
9th Jun '17 2:10:51 PM WillKeaton
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* ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'' features [[http://vignette2.wikia.nocookie.net/digimon/images/6/6f/Pteramon_b.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20131213031024 Pteramon]], a digimon resembling a cross between a ''Pteranodon'' and [[CrazyAwesome a fighter jet]].

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* ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'' features [[http://vignette2.wikia.nocookie.net/digimon/images/6/6f/Pteramon_b.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20131213031024 Pteramon]], Pteramon,]] a digimon resembling a cross between a ''Pteranodon'' and [[CrazyAwesome a fighter jet]].
9th Jun '17 2:09:55 PM WillKeaton
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* On that note, you can expect any fictional pterosaur that finds itself in the water to be rendered temporarily flightless at best, or helplessly drown at worst. This is particularly bad, because not only is it based on nothing, it also has plenty of evidence ''against'' it -- evidence that isn't even all that recent! In reality, it's been proven by fossilized trackways and oft-forgotten traces of webbing between a fossilized pterosaur's toes that some (though not ''all'') pterosaurs would actually have been very good swimmers, floating on top of the water like ducks or seabirds, with their wings spread flat on the water. In addition, there is ongoing work that strongly suggests most pterosaurs (even those not typically found near aquatic environments) were quite capable of launching from the water if they needed to[[note]]though it wouldn't have been very easy, as [[http://www.amnh.org/var/ezflow_site/storage/images/media/amnh/images/explore/news-and-blogs/april-2014-news-and-blogs/pteranodon-over-water-gif/1326854-2-eng-US/pteranodon-over-water-gif_medium.gif this gif demonstrates]][[/note]]. The worst danger they would face in this situation would be the predatory aquatic reptiles that lurk beneath the surface and while they [[http://markwitton-com.blogspot.com/2015/09/the-life-aquatic-with-flying-reptiles.html were probably too top-heavy to hold their heads up the same way birds do when they swim]], there's no reason to assume that pterosaurs would be completely helpless if they found themselves in the water.
* Lacking [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/d3/Pterosaur_wing_BW2.jpg the pteroid bone]]; this bone was found on each wing and controlled the front part of it. It was an anatomical feature unique to pterosaurs, as no other animal (living or extinct) has been discovered with anything even remotely similar.

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* On that note, you can expect any fictional pterosaur that finds itself in the water to be rendered temporarily flightless at best, or helplessly drown at worst. This is particularly bad, because not only is it based on nothing, it also has plenty of evidence ''against'' it -- evidence that isn't even all that recent! In reality, it's been proven by fossilized trackways and oft-forgotten traces of webbing between a fossilized pterosaur's toes that some (though not ''all'') pterosaurs would actually have been very good swimmers, floating on top of the water like ducks or seabirds, with their wings spread flat on the water. In addition, there is ongoing work that strongly suggests most pterosaurs (even those not typically found near aquatic environments) were quite capable of launching from the water if they needed to[[note]]though to.[[note]]Though it wouldn't have been very easy, as [[http://www.amnh.org/var/ezflow_site/storage/images/media/amnh/images/explore/news-and-blogs/april-2014-news-and-blogs/pteranodon-over-water-gif/1326854-2-eng-US/pteranodon-over-water-gif_medium.gif this gif demonstrates]][[/note]]. demonstrates.]][[/note]] The worst danger they would face in this situation would be the predatory aquatic reptiles that lurk beneath the surface and while they [[http://markwitton-com.blogspot.com/2015/09/the-life-aquatic-with-flying-reptiles.html were probably too top-heavy to hold their heads up the same way birds do when they swim]], swim,]] there's no reason to assume that pterosaurs would be completely helpless if they found themselves in the water.
* Lacking [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/d3/Pterosaur_wing_BW2.jpg the pteroid bone]]; bone;]] this bone was found on each wing and controlled the front part of it. It was an anatomical feature unique to pterosaurs, as no other animal (living or extinct) has been discovered with anything even remotely similar.
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