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Dimorphodon
Temporal range: Lower Jurassic
Conservation status
Fossil
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Sauropsida
Order: Pterosauria
Suborder: Rhamphorhynchoidea
Family: Dimorphodontidae
Genus: Dimorphodon
Owen, 1859
Species
  • D. macronyx (Buckland, 1829)(type)
  • D. weintraubi Clark et al., 1998

Dimorphodon was a prehistoric flying pterosaur from the early Jurassic period. It had a big head, a small brain, a tall beak, and two types of teeth. Variation in teeth is rare in pterosaurs.

Like Rhamphorhynchus, Dimorphodon is only found in Jurassic strata. It was the first pterosaur found in England, by Mary Anning, in 1828.

D. macronyx in a bipedal pose