This photo has been on the site for some time but we hadn’t posted our comparison with one of the long tailed Rhamphorhynchoidea pterosaurs similar to Rhamphorhynchus.
This photo is allegedly from the 1950’s and was printed in Ripley’s Believe it Or not or similar magazine and shows a ranch hand holding up a long tailed creature that science says should have been extinct-for many millions of years.
Photo 2 shows the alleged pterosaur compared with two versions of Rhamphorhynchus. Text is provided primarily so that we could have something to wrap around the photos….s8int.com
Rhamphorhynchus was an early pterosaur. It belonged to a group called the rhamphorhynchoids. They were small in size and had long narrow wings made from skin stretched over a long fourth finger of the hand. These animals also could have had a throat pouch for storage.
Rhamphorhynchus (which means “beak snout”) was an early pterosaur, an extinct flying reptile closely related to dinosaurs. It belonged to a group called the rhamphorhynchoids. Rhamphorhynchus, a primitive type of flying reptile, was less specialized than the later pterodactyls. This primitive pterosaurus was a carnivore, that probably ate fish and insects.
It may have hunted by draping its beak in the water. It would snap its sharp teeth shut and toss the food into its throat pouch. This throat pouch, a structure, that has been preserved in some fossils, could have been used for storage. Click Here for Larger Comparison Photo with Rhamphorhynchoidea pterosaurs
Rhamphorhynchus was small in size and had long, narrow wings made from skin stretched over a long, fourth finger of the hand. It had long, thin pointed tail (4 inch/20 cm), which ended in a diamond-shaped flap of skin. It may have been used as a rudder to direct himself when flying.
Rhamphorhynchus had long, narrow jaws with large spiked teeth that pointed outwards. Its small body with a long neck and tiny legs was supported by a relatively large head. ……Wikipedia