W15 - Top Rare Ornithocheirid Pterosaur Tooth - Lower Cretaceous - Elrhaz Fm
W15 - Top Rare Ornithocheirid Pterosaur Tooth - Lower Cretaceous - Elrhaz Fm W15 - Top Rare Ornithocheirid Pterosaur Tooth - Lower Cretaceous - Elrhaz Fm W15 - Top Rare Ornithocheirid Pterosaur Tooth - Lower Cretaceous - Elrhaz Fm W15 - Top Rare Ornithocheirid Pterosaur Tooth - Lower Cretaceous - Elrhaz Fm

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W15 - Top Rare Ornithocheirid Pterosaur Tooth - Lower Cretaceous - Elrhaz Fm

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Species
Ornithocheirid (Probably Ornithocheirus simus, (Owen, 1861)) - Pterosaur
Age
Lower Cretaceous, Aptian/Albian stage ( 113 million years)
Location
Gadoufaoua, Téneré Desert, Niger.
Formation
Elrhaz Fm
Size
56 mm   •    in
Weight
4 g   •    oz
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Description
Scientific name: Ornithocheirid (Probably Ornithocheirus simus, (Owen, 1861)) - Pterosaur

Location: Gadoufaoua, Téneré Desert, Niger.

Geological Formation: Elrhaz Fm

Age: Lower Cretaceous, Aptian/Albian stage ( 113 million years)

Size (long): 5.6cm = 2.23 Inch

REF.: W15

DESCRIPTION:
Ornithocheirus simus, is only known from fragmentary jaw tips. It bore a distinctive convex "keeled" crest on its snout similar to its relatives. Ornithocheirus had relatively narrow jaw tips compared to the related Coloborhynchus and Tropeognathus, which had prominently-expanded rosettes of teeth, as well as a more developed "keeled" crest compared to Ornithocheirus. Another feature that made Ornithocheirus unique and unlike its relatives, was that its teeth of were mostly vertical, rather than set at an outward-pointing angle.

It was believed in the past that Ornithocheirus was one of the largest pterosaurs to have existed, with a wingspan possibly measuring 40 feet (12.2 m) wide.
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