Lonchodectes was a pterosaur, a type of flying reptile. It was not a dinosaur, though it lived during the same period. Lonchodectes lived during the Early Cretaceous to Late Cretaceous and resided in Europe. The first Lonchodectes fossil was discovered in 1914.

Quick facts about Lonchodectes:

  • Existed from 113 million years ago to 89.8 million years ago
  • Lived in a marine environment
  • Was a piscivore
  • Could fly
  • 9 different specimens have been found by paleontologists

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

Lonchodectes was described by the following scientific paper(s):
  • H. G. Seeley. 1869. Index to the Fossil Remains of Aves, Ornithosauria, and Reptilia, from the Secondary System of Strata, Arranged in the Woodwardian Museum of the University of Cambridge. Deighton, Bell, and Co, Cambridge
  • J. S. Bowerbank. 1846. On a new species of pterodactyl found in the Upper Chalk of Kent (P. giganteus). Quarterly Journal of the Geological Society of London 2:7-8
  • R. Owen. 1859. Supplement (No. I) to the Monograph on the Fossil Reptilia of the Cretaceous Formations. Palaeontographical Society Monographs