Nyctosaurus was a pterosaur, a type of flying reptile. It was not a dinosaur, though it lived during the same period. Nyctosaurus lived during the Late Cretaceous and resided in North America and South America. The first Nyctosaurus fossil was discovered in 1876.

Quick facts about Nyctosaurus:

  • Existed from Coniacian Age to 66 million years ago
  • Lived in a marine habitat
  • Was a piscivore
  • Could fly
  • 9 different specimens have been found by paleontologists

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

Nyctosaurus was described by the following scientific paper(s):
  • H. W. Miller. 1971. A skull of Pteranodon (Longicepia) longiceps Marsh associated with wing and body bones. Transactions of the Kansas Academy of Science 74(1):20-33
  • C. J. Maury. 1930. O Cretaceo da Parahyba do Norte. Serviço Geologico E Mineralogico do Brasil Monographia 8:1-305
  • E. D. Cope. 1872. On two new ornithosaurians from Kansas. Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society 12:420-422