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Pterodactyls are not actually dinosaurs.

 

Pterodactyls are not actually dinosaurs.


Pterodactyls, along with all other winged dinosaur-like reptiles, belong not to the dinosaur family but are classified as Pterosaurs.

While Pterosaurs are indeed related to dinosaurs, the connection is quite distant, splitting off from the archosaurs.\

The best explanation for the presence of these shared characteristics is that they existed in a common ancestor, from which both dinosaurs and birds are descended. As more fossils help fill in gaps in the bird-dinosaur family tree, scientists are reassessing their understanding of the origin of birds and acknowledging that the boundary is blurred between modern birds and their dinosaur ancestors.

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