Noripterus was a pterosaur, a type of flying reptile. It was not a dinosaur, though it lived during the same period. Noripterus lived during the Early Cretaceous and resided in Asia. The first Noripterus fossil was discovered in 1973.

Quick facts about Noripterus:

  • Existed from 139.8 million years ago to 100.5 million years ago
  • Lived in a lake
  • Was a piscivore
  • Could fly
  • 8 different specimens have been found by paleontologists

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

Noripterus was described by the following scientific paper(s):
  • Z. Dong. 1973. [Cretaceous stratigraphy of Wuerho district, Dsungar Basin]. Reports of Paleontological Expedition to Sinkiang (II): Pterosaurian Fauna from Wuerho, Sinkiang. Memoirs of the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology, Academia Sinica 11:1-7
  • N. N. Bakhurina. 1982. [A pterodactyl from the Lower Cretaceous of Mongolia]. Paleontologicheskii Zhurnal 1982(4):104-108
  • J. Lü and Y. Azuma. 2009. New material of dsungaripterid pterosaurs (Pterosauria: Pterodactyloidea) from western Mongolia and its palaeoecological implications. Geological Magazine 146:690-700