Yixianopterus was a pterosaur, a type of flying reptile. It was not a dinosaur, though it lived during the same period. Yixianopterus lived during the Early Cretaceous and resided in Asia. The first Yixianopterus fossil was discovered in 2006.

Quick facts about Yixianopterus:

  • Existed from Barremian Age to Aptian Age
  • Lived in a marine environment
  • Was a piscivore
  • Could fly
  • Only one specimen has been found by paleontologists

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

Yixianopterus was described by the following scientific paper(s):
  • F. Zhang and Z. Zhou. 2004. Leg feathers in an Early Cretaceous bird. Nature 431:925