|Life reconstruction of Dimorphodon eating a dobsonfly.|
|Dimorphodon skeleton in quadrupedal stance.|
Shortly after the time of its discovery in the 1800s and then later again in the 1980s, some scientists proposed that Dimorphodon would have been able to run on its hind legs much like a bird. This theory has been mostly discredited since trackways of pterosaurs (not of Dimorphodon, however) have been discovered that clearly show quadrupedal (four legs) locomotion. Another source of debate about this animal is its diet. Some scientists think it was a fish eater since its long, pointed teeth seem to be perfect for the task plus the shape of its head strongly resembles that of a modern puffin's which eat almost exclusively marine prey. Other scientists have suggested Dimorphodon may have specialized more for hunting insects and other land prey since its anatomy appears to be adapted more to flying from tree to tree, rather than over the open ocean.
|Puffin. Its a dinosaur and thus not that closely related to Dimorphodon (a pterosaur) despite the resemblance.|
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