Chaoyangopterus was a pterosaur, a type of flying reptile. It was not a dinosaur, though it lived during the same period. Chaoyangopterus lived during the Early Cretaceous and resided in Asia. The first Chaoyangopterus fossil was discovered in 2003.

Quick facts about Chaoyangopterus:

  • Existed from Aptian Age to 113 million years ago
  • Lived in a marine habitat
  • Was a piscivore
  • Could fly
  • 2 different specimens have been found by paleontologists

All the Chaoyangopterus illustrations below were collected from the internet. Enjoy and explore:

Chaoyangopterus was described by the following scientific paper(s):
  • X. Wang and A. W. A. Kellner. 2005. Pterosaur diversity and faunal turnover in Cretaceous terrestrial ecosystems in China. Nature 437:875-879
  • K.-Q. Gao and D. T. Ksepka. 2007. Cranial morphology of an Early Cretaceous monjurosuchid (Reptilia: Diapsida) from Liaoning Province of China and evolution of the choristoderan palate. Historical Biology 19(3):215-224