Jeholopterus was a pterosaur, a type of flying reptile. It was not a dinosaur, though it lived during the same period. Jeholopterus lived during the Middle Jurassic or Early Cretaceous and resided in Asia. The first Jeholopterus fossil was discovered in 2002.

Quick facts about Jeholopterus:

  • Existed from 164.7 million years ago to 161.2 million years ago
  • Lived in a marine habitat
  • Was a insectivore
  • Could fly
  • Had a body mass of approximately 357 g
  • Only one specimen has been found by paleontologists

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

Jeholopterus was described by the following scientific paper(s):
  • C.-F. Zhou and S. Wu. 2013. A Jurassic mammaliaform and the earliest mammalian evolutionary adaptations. Nature 500:163-167