Istiodactylus was a pterosaur, a type of flying reptile. It was not a dinosaur, though it lived during the same period. Istiodactylus lived during the Early Cretaceous and resided in Europe. The first Istiodactylus fossil was discovered in 2001.

Quick facts about Istiodactylus:

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

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

Istiodactylus was described by the following scientific paper(s):
  • S. C. B. Howse and A. R. Milner. 2001. Pterosaurs. In D. M. Martill, D. Naish (eds.), Dinosaurs from the Isle of Wight, The Palaeontological Association, London
  • R. Lydekker. 1888. Catalogue of the Fossil Reptilia and Amphibia in the British Museum (Natural History). Part I. Containing the Orders Ornithosauria, Crocodilia, Dinosauria, Squamata, Rhynchocephalia, and Proterosauria. British Museum (Natural History), London
  • S. C. Sweetman and D. M. Martill. 2010. Pterosaurs of the Wessex Formation (Earl Cretaceous, Barremian) of the Isle of Wight, southern England: a review with new data. Journal of Iberian Geology 36(2):225-242