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A Pteranodon in King Kong (1933)
Alternate names Pterodactyl
Species Pterosaur
Height >6.5 meters
Weight 20-93 kilograms
Forms Rodan
Enemies King Kong
First appearance Latest appearance
King Kong (1933) Kong: King of the Apes

Pteranodon is an extinct genus of large pterosaur that lived during the Late Cretaceous Period. It is one of the most famous and well-known prehistoric reptiles from the time of the dinosaurs. This genus of pterosaur has been featured in numerous science-fiction and giant monster films, and is the basis for the popular Toho kaiju Rodan.

History[edit | edit source]

King Kong (1933)[edit | edit source]

King Kong battling a Pteranodon in King Kong (1933)

After defeating the cave serpent, King Kong followed Ann Darrow onto the cliff outside his lair, where she was attacked by a Pteranodon, which tried to carry her away. Kong attacked the pterosaur, freeing Ann. Jack Driscoll reached the cliff and rescued Ann while Kong battled the Pteranodon. After killing the Pteranodon, Kong tried to pull Ann and Jack back up by the vine they were climbing down, only for them to jump into the river below and escape unharmed.

The King Kong Show[edit | edit source]

Bobby Bond sees a Pteranodon in The King Kong Show

A Pteranodon appears in the pilot episode, swooping in to catch an armadillo.

Showa era[edit | edit source]

The Last Dinosaur[edit | edit source]

A Pteranodon in The Last Dinosaur

A flock of large Pteranodons were some of the creatures discovered during the Polar-Borer expedition. They were among the first surviving animals to be observed by the crew. One Pteranodon gave them a scare during the expedition's first night, flying low near their fire.

Heisei era[edit | edit source]

Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II[edit | edit source]

A scientific team led by Hiroshi Omae was called to the irradiated Adonoa Island in the Bering Sea after a group of Russian petroleum surveyors discovered a Pteranodon skeleton along with a nest containing what appeared to be an intact Pteranodon egg and one that had hatched. When the scientists attempted to bring the intact egg back to Japan, the creature that hatched from the other egg, the irradiated and gigantic Pteranodon known as Rodan, attacked them. When Godzilla came ashore on the island and battled Rodan, the scientists were able to escape with the egg, which turned out to hold a baby Godzillasaurus instead of a Pteranodon.

Rebirth of Mothra 3[edit | edit source]

A Pteranodon in Rebirth of Mothra 3

Shortly after Rainbow Mothra traveled back to the Cretaceous Period, a Pteranodon flew past him.

The Mighty Kong[edit | edit source]

A Pteranodon in The Mighty Kong

A Pteranodon flew past Jack Driscoll as he first stepped into Skull Island's interior. Two more attacked Kong after he brought Ann Darrow to his volcanic lair. One dove at Ann, but Kong grabbed it and threw it aside. A third joined them as a cave snake descended from the ceiling and constricted Kong. The gorilla eventually prevailed, but the intensity of the battle caused a minor eruption. Jack helped Ann escape while Kong was distracted.

Selected filmography[edit | edit source]

Books[edit | edit source]

Kong Reborn[edit | edit source]

In the year 2009, a species of gigantic Pteranodon with a 70-foot wingspan[1] lived on Skull Island, and checked out a group of humans on the beach, but took no interest, and flew back into the jungle. They subsisted on giant fish that lived in the island's waters. They were not true Pteranodons, but were identified as such by Ann Darrow after she escaped from the island while being shown photographs of prehistoric creatures.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

King Kong (1933)[edit | edit source]

Rodan[edit | edit source]

Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II[edit | edit source]

Merchandise[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

External links[edit | edit source]

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References[edit | edit source]

This is a list of references for Pteranodon. These citations are used to identify the reliable sources on which this article is based. These references appear inside articles in the form of superscript numbers, which look like this: [1]

  1. Russell Blackford (November 1, 2005). Kong Reborn. ibooks. p. 253. ISBN 1-59687-133-4.


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