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

Quick facts about Hongshanopterus:

  • Existed from 125 million years ago to 113 million years ago
  • Lived in a marine environment
  • Was a piscivore
  • Could fly
  • Only one specimen has been found by paleontologists

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

Hongshanopterus was described by the following scientific paper(s):
  • Z. Zhou and F. Zhang. 2002. A long-tailed, seed-eating bird from the Early Cretaceous of China. Nature 418:405-409