Lonchodectes was a pterosaur, a type of flying reptile. It was not a dinosaur, though it lived during the same period. Lonchodectes lived during the Early Cretaceous to Late Cretaceous and resided in Europe. The first Lonchodectes fossil was discovered in 1914.

Quick facts about Lonchodectes:

  • Existed from Albian Age to 89.8 million years ago
  • Lived in a marine habitat
  • Was a piscivore
  • Could fly
  • 9 different specimens have been found by paleontologists

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

Lonchodectes was described by the following scientific paper(s):
  • A. O. Averianov and E. N. Kurochkin. 2005. Two bone fragments of ornithocheiroid pterosaurs from the Cenomanian of Volgograd Region, southern Russia. Acta Palaeontologica Polonica 50(2):289-294
  • J. S. Bowerbank. 1846. On a new species of pterodactyl found in the Upper Chalk of Kent (P. giganteus). Quarterly Journal of the Geological Society of London 2:7-8
  • R. Owen. 1874. The fossil Reptilia of the Mesozoic formations. Part 1. Pterosauria. Palaeontographical Society Monographs 27(126):1-14