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Dimorphodon on the beach
A winged pterosaur of the genus Dimorphodon swallows a fish from the Early-Jurassic Tethys Ocean 195 million years ago in what it is today England. While Dimorphodon's coloration is unknown, here the adult males have been given colorful heads inspired by modern day puffins and toucans.
Dimorphodon was a medium-sized flying reptile with a wingspan of about four feet and a large head and puffin-like "beak ." Its long front teeth suggest that it was built for plucking fish from near the surface of the water. Dimorphodon also had a long tail, the end of which is believed to have sported a soft tissue vane for enhanced stability during flight.
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