Ardeadactylus was a pterosaur, a type of flying reptile. It was not a dinosaur, though it lived during the same period. Ardeadactylus lived during the Late Jurassic and resided in Europe. The first Ardeadactylus fossil was discovered in 2013.

Quick facts about Ardeadactylus:

  • Existed from 155.7 million years ago to Tithonian Age
  • Lived in a marine environment
  • Was a piscivore
  • Could fly
  • 4 different specimens have been found by paleontologists

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

Ardeadactylus was described by the following scientific paper(s):
  • D. Fuchs and H. Keupp. 2003. New records of soft parts of Muensterella scutellaris Muenster, 1842 (Coeloidea) from the Late Jurassic plattenkalks or Eichstãtt and their significance for octobrachian relationships. Berliner Paläobio. Abh. 3:101-111
  • G. Dietl and G. Schweigert. 2011. Im Reich der Meerengel. Der Nusplinger Plattenkalk und seine Fossilien.
  • O. Dietl and G. Schweigert. 2000. Brachiopoden aus dem Nusplinger Plattenkalk (Oberjura, SW Deutschland). Stuttgarter Beiträge zur Naturkunde. Serie B (Geologie und Paläontologie) 290:1-23