The pterodactyl. The flying reptile. Extinct for millions of years. And, yet, their bones remained. How cool is this pterodactyl skeleton drawing. It definitely represents the oldest animal skeleton on Reusable Art. They flew above Europe about 150 million years ago. The fossilized remains of pterodactyl skeletons have been primarily found in Germany. However, they have found incomplete remains elsewhere in Europe and Africa.
Television and movies have made pterodactylus appear huge. In reality, they were fairly small. Their wingspan grew to only about 3 and a half feet.
This vintage pterodactyl skeleton drawing came from the Encyclopedie d’histoire naturelle. Jean-Charles Chenu (1808-1879), noted French physician and naturalist documented many of the world’s creatures. His works were quite popular. But, unfortunately, I’ve not found much about the man himself.
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