Hatzegopteryx was a pterosaur, a type of flying reptile. It was not a dinosaur, though it lived during the same period. Hatzegopteryx lived during the Late Cretaceous and resided in Europe. The first Hatzegopteryx fossil was discovered in 2002.

Quick facts about Hatzegopteryx:

  • Existed from 70.6 million years ago to 66 million years ago
  • Lived in a marine environment
  • Was a piscivore
  • Could fly
  • 2 different specimens have been found by paleontologists

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

Hatzegopteryx was described by the following scientific paper(s):
  • E. Buffetaut and D. Grigorescu. 2002. A new giant pterosaur with a robust skull from the latest Cretaceous of Romania. Naturwissenschaften 89:180-184
  • Z. Csiki and M. Vremir. 2010. An aberrant island-dwelling theropod dinosaur from the Late Cretaceous of Romania. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 107(35):15357-15361