circa 66-201 million years old, fossil with wooden mount, 18-1/2 x 133-1/2 in. (47 x 339.1 cm)
Provenance: Phillips Auction New York, June 8, 1996 (lot 472) Niobrara Formation, Kansas; Private Collection, New York
Note: The pterosaurs were warm-blooded flying reptiles of the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods, with membranous wings supported by a greatly lengthened fourth finger. Pteranodon g. sternbergi represented some of the largest known flying reptiles, with wingspans over twenty feet. It existed during the late Cretaceous geological period of North America (about 86 million years ago) in present day Kansas, Alabama, Nebraska, Wyoming, and South Dakota. This fossil wing was found in the Niobrara Formation, Kansas. It is an almost complete wing, including hand and three claws. This pteranodon probably had a wingspan of over sixteen feet.
Phillips Auction New York, June 8, 1996 (lot 472) Niobrara Formation, Kansas; Private Collection, New York