Istiodactylus latidens

 

Istiodactylus latidens

Locality: Isle of Wight
Formation: Vectis
(formerly “Wealden Shales”)
Wingspan: 5 m (16.5 feet)
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Istiodactylus Scale

Istiodactylus latidens

This moderately large pterosaur from the Lower Cretaceous had a fairly long, low snout, with short, broad, laterally compressed, interlocking teeth concentrated at the anterior portion of the snout. This was probably an adaptation for slicing flesh suggesting that Istiodactylus may have specialized in scavenging dinosaur carcasses.

Istiodactylus latidens