Pteranodon was a winged pterosaur that lived in the Late Cretaceous of North America around the western interior seaway that divided North America. Pterosaurs were not dinosaurs, but they were related to them, as both belonged to a group called archosaurs. Pteranodon was a close relative of the nyctosaurs, one of the two groups of pterosaurs that lasted until extinction at the end of the Mesozoic around 66 million years ago. Pteranodon is often called “pterodactyl” incorrectly. There is no actual pterosaur named “pterodactyl”; the closest is a very small pterosaur known as “Pterodactylus” which is very different from Pteranodon.
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