Living Forms

A pterosaur's eye view of the Chicxulub impact

By Douglas Henderson; used with permission

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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