Dsungaripterus was a pterosaur, a type of flying reptile. It was not a dinosaur, though it lived during the same period. Dsungaripterus lived during the Late Jurassic-Early Cretaceous and resided in Africa and Asia. The first Dsungaripterus fossil was discovered in 1964.

Quick facts about Dsungaripterus:

  • Existed from Lower Cretaceous Epoch to 100.5 million years ago
  • Lived in a marine habitat
  • Was a piscivore
  • Could fly
  • 4 different specimens have been found by paleontologists

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

Dsungaripterus was described by the following scientific paper(s):
  • Z. Dong. 1973. [Dinosaurs from Wuerho]. Reports of Paleontological Expedition to Sinkiang (II): Pterosaurian Fauna from Wuerho, Sinkiang. Memoirs of the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology, Academia Sinica 11:45-52
  • Z. Dong. 1973. [Cretaceous stratigraphy of Wuerho district, Dsungar Basin]. Reports of Paleontological Expedition to Sinkiang (II): Pterosaurian Fauna from Wuerho, Sinkiang. Memoirs of the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology, Academia Sinica 11:1-7
  • M. W. Maisch and A. T. Matzke. 2004. A new dsungaripteroid pterosaur from the Lower Cretaceous of the southern Junggar Basin, north-west China. Cretaceous Research 25:625-634