Parapsicephalus was a pterosaur, a type of flying reptile. It was not a dinosaur, though it lived during the same period. Parapsicephalus lived during the Early Jurassic and resided in Europe. The first Parapsicephalus fossil was discovered in 1919.

Quick facts about Parapsicephalus:

  • Existed from 183 million years ago to 182 million years ago
  • Lived in a marine environment
  • Was a piscivore
  • Could fly
  • 2 different specimens have been found by paleontologists

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

Parapsicephalus was described by the following scientific paper(s):
  • E. T. Newton. 1888. On the skull, brain and auditory organ of a new species of pterosaurian (Scaphognathus purdoni) from the Upper Lias near Whitby, Yorkshire. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London, Series B 179:503-537
  • M. O'Sullivan and D. M. Martill. 2013. A pterosaur humerus and scapulocoracoid from the Jurassic Whitby Mudstone Formation, and the evolution of large body size in early pterosaurs. Proceedings of the Geologists' Association