Critter of the Week: Rhamphorynchus

Meet Ron. He’s the flying ace.  He’ll swoop from the sky, dive into the water, and swim anywhere for a shiny fish. 🙂


Rrr- just how do you pronounce that?  I wasn’t 100% sure on that myself, so I looked it up on Youtube…

There, mystery solved. 🙂  I wonder if there’s one for all the really hard paleo-critter names out there.  I may have to include something like this from now on until I figure out a better system.

Oh, and before you ask, yes, there is evidence that pterosaurs can swim. 🙂 Ron here seems to spend most of his time in water, which might be why we have so many perfect fossils of this little guy. 🙂

He’s fast though.  It took a whole bucket of fish to entice him to come over for a quick chat.

And there he goes!  Ah well, if you want to know more about these guys, I know a pretty awesome blog post written by the great pterosaur expert, Mark Witton.  It has lots of pretty pictures too!


Making progress…

The big reveal for what I’ve been working on lately (aside from the book of course)…drumroll please…


Little character trading cards!

I’ll be making sets of six.  Dinosaurs first, then a set of other prehistoric critters.  I’d love to have a fancy set made at some point, but this way I can make them available for free.

Yes!  Free printables!  I’ve got to admit, I must say I’m quite pleased with the two I’ve made so far. 😀

To add to the fun, here’s a chart of the (currently) planned critters.  I’ll color them in as I complete each card. 🙂



Coming Next Week…

He looks tough, but once you get to know him he’s loyal to the core…and more of a softie really. 🙂

Share your guess in the comments! He’s one of the critters over on the critter page. 🙂


5 thoughts on “Critter of the Week: Rhamphorynchus

    1. Haha, now I understand the question LOL! 😀

      ….A maroon robe with lacy cuffs is presented to the small pterosaur. Ron blinks, cocks his head to the side, and pokes the fabric with the tip of his snout. His snaggly teeth get caught in the lace, and he shakes it off and steps back.

      He stares up at me with a hard, blank glare, as if to say, “It’s not fish.”


  1. How would he swim? I imagine him being like a thick-billed murre.

    Oooh, I really like the trading cards, they look very professional. ^^ I also thought that the little progress chart was neat. :3


    1. Thank you Brownie, I’m glad you like them. They’ll be available any day now, and I hope you like them as much as I do. 🙂

      I had to look up what a murre was LOL. 😀 That style of swimming is exactly how I imagine it, even down to the way they use their feet.


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