Gnathosaurus was a pterosaur, a type of flying reptile. It was not a dinosaur, though it lived during the same period. Gnathosaurus lived during the Late Jurassic and resided in Europe. The first Gnathosaurus fossil was discovered in 1833.

Quick facts about Gnathosaurus:

  • Existed from 167.7 million years ago to 139.8 million years ago
  • Lived in a limestone
  • Was a piscivore
  • Could fly
  • 3 different specimens have been found by paleontologists

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

Gnathosaurus 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
  • W. Buckland. 1824. Notice on the Megalosaurus or great Fossil Lizard of Stonesfield. Transactions of the Geological Society of London, series 2 1:390-396
  • S. C. B. Howse and A. R. Milner. 1995. The pterodactyloids from the Purbeck Limestone Formation of Dorset. Bulletin of the Natural History Musuem, London (Geology) 51(1):73-88