Istiodactylus was a pterosaur, a type of flying reptile. It was not a dinosaur, though it lived during the same period. Istiodactylus lived during the Early Cretaceous and resided in Europe. The first Istiodactylus fossil was discovered in 2001.

Quick facts about Istiodactylus:

  • Existed from 130 million years ago to Aptian Age
  • Lived in a marine habitat
  • Was a piscivore
  • Could fly
  • 6 different specimens have been found by paleontologists

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

Istiodactylus was described by the following scientific paper(s):
  • X. Wang and X. Xu. 2001. A new iguanodontid (Jinzhousaurus yangi gen. et sp. nov.) from the Yixian Formaton of western Liaoning, China. Chinese Science Bulletin 46(19):1669-1672
  • S. C. B. Howse and A. R. Milner. 2001. Pterosaurs. In D. M. Martill, D. Naish (eds.), Dinosaurs from the Isle of Wight, The Palaeontological Association, London
  • S. C. Sweetman and D. M. Martill. 2010. Pterosaurs of the Wessex Formation (Earl Cretaceous, Barremian) of the Isle of Wight, southern England: a review with new data. Journal of Iberian Geology 36(2):225-242