There are no living pterosaurs. The last pterosaurs lived in
the Late Cretaceous
Period, 65 million years ago. At this time, a meteorite crashed
into Earth in what is now Mexico, creating the massive Chicxulub
crater and wreaking havoc on organisms across the globe. This
event is best known for bringing about the extinction of the dinosaurs,
but many other taxa disappeared as well, including the pterosaurs.
Their closest living relatives are birds and crocodilians, though
both are only distantly related.
Author: John D. Orcutt
Last Updated: 11/2005
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