Jianchangnathus was a pterosaur, a type of flying reptile. It was not a dinosaur, though it lived during the same period. Jianchangnathus lived during the Middle Jurassic and resided in Asia. The first Jianchangnathus fossil was discovered in 2012.

Quick facts about Jianchangnathus:

  • Existed from 167.7 million years ago to 150.8 million years ago
  • Lived in a marine environment
  • Was a piscivore
  • Could fly
  • 3 different specimens have been found by paleontologists

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

Jianchangnathus was described by the following scientific paper(s):
  • X. Wang and A. W. A. Kellner. 2009. An unusual long-tailed pterosaur with elongated neck from western Liaoning of China. Anais da Academia Brasileira de Ciências 81(4):793-812
  • C.-F. Zhou. 2014. Cranial morphology of a Scaphognathus-like pterosaur, Jianchangnathus robustus, based on a new fossil from the Tiaojishan Formation of western Liaoning, China. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 34(3):597-605