Wingspan: up to 4.8 mDiet: Carnivorous (meat eater)
Period: Early Cretaceous
Time Span: 120 Million Years Ago
Beautifully modelled and finished Guidraco 1:40 scale dinosaur model. Hand-painted and finely detailed, this Guidraco dinosaur toy is a great addition to collect for any dinosaur fanatic!
Guidraco is thought to have been a piscivore (an eater of fish) because of the arrangement of the anterior (forward) teeth that are both elongated and angled to point forwards rather than just up and down. This arrangement creates a large catch area of needle like teeth that significantly increases the chance of this pterosaur to catch and hold onto slippery prey like fish. These anterior teeth also have vertical ridges on the back while the teeth at the rear of the mouth are smooth.
Guidraco also has a crest that rises up from the back of the skull similar to world famous Pteranodon, but it lacks the semi-circular ‘keel crests’ on the tips of the jaws that are present in other ornithocheirid genera such as Ornithocheirus. Instead the closest match is to the aforementioned Ludodactylus which seems to have had a similar head crest to Guidraco while also lacking the keel crests. Although pterosaur crests have often been described as flying aids for such things as steering, the incredible variety amongst different genera is more indicative of the crests being used for display purposes. This could not only be for the purpose of attracting a mate, but for recognising others of their own kinds during a time when the skies would have been full of multiple kinds of pterosaurs.
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