Elanodactylus was a pterosaur, a type of flying reptile. It was not a dinosaur, though it lived during the same period. Elanodactylus lived during the Early Cretaceous and resided in Asia. The first Elanodactylus fossil was discovered in 2008.

Quick facts about Elanodactylus:

  • Existed from Hauterivian Age to Aptian Age
  • Lived in a marine environment
  • Was a piscivore
  • Could fly
  • 2 different specimens have been found by paleontologists

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

Elanodactylus was described by the following scientific paper(s):
  • B. Andres and Q. Ji. 2008. A new pterosaur from the Liaoning Province of China, the phylogeny of the Pterodactyloidea, and convergence in their cervical vertebrae. Palaeontology 51(2):453-469
  • C.-F. Zhou. 2010. New material of Elanodactylus prolatus Andres & Ji, 2008 (Pterosauria: Pterodactyloidea) from the Early Cretaceous Yixian Formation of western Liaoning, China. Neues Jahrbuch für Geologie und Paläontologie, Abhandlungen