ズンガリプテルス Dsungaripterus オーストラリア恐竜大陸
命名意味：Junggar Basin Wing
Pterosauria / Pterodactyloidea / Family: Dsungaripteridae
First Described:1964 / Found: Asia：China, Africa：Tanzania
/ Wingspan: 3m / Weght: 20kg
/ Food: Shellfish / Young: Eggs
/ Lived: Late Jurassic－Early Cretaceous 150－100 mya
Unusual discoveries are quite frequent in the fossil record. New animals and plants continue to surprise scientists with their size and shape. Bizarre creatures are sometimes the norm! Their strangeness often comes about as a result of having to find new and remarkable ways to search for food or to compete for a place to live.
Dsungaripterus certainly looks extraordinary. It was a fairly large pterodactyl with a big head and relatively slim body. A long, low crest ran along the middle of its head from just behind the beaked snout and extended into a prong over the back of its neck. The front of the jaws curved upwards to give the animal a unique appearance. There were no teeth at the front of the jaws but the cheek teeth were very sturdy and rather peg‑like.
It seems that Dsungaripterus was fond of shellfish: the upturned beak was used to prise the shells from rocks, while the back teeth simply crushed the outer shell to extract the meat from inside.