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Eudimorphodon, meaning "true dimorphic tooth", was a small flying reptile that lived during the dinosaurs age, in the late Triassic Period, about 210 - 200 million years ago. It is one of the first known "pterosaurs", - prehistoric animals that evolved their arms and fingers into wings.

Eudimorphodon was one meter long, with a one meter wingspan, and weighed not more than 10 kg. At the end of its long bony tail it had a diamond-shaped "paddle", which helped it maneuver in the air and make its flight more stable.

Eudimorphodon showed a strong differentiation of the teeth, hence its name. The frontal part of its jaws was filled with several large, single fangs, which abruptly gave way to a line of much smaller, pointed teeth, 25 in the upper jaw and 25 in the lower jaw. Each of the small teeth was multi-cusped, with 3-5 points at the top. The special shape of such teeth made them suitable for catching and eating fish, and, indeed, there is no doubt about eudimorphodons' diet today, as the fossilized remains of fish scales and bones have been found in their stomachs.

Eudimorphodon fossils have been discovered in various parts of Europe.

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