Named By: Atilla Ősi, David Weishampel & Jianu Coralia - 2005.
Classification: Chordata, Reptilia, Pterosauria, Pterodactyloidea, Azhdarchidae, Tapejaridae..
Species: B. galaczi (type).
Type: Uncertain as the incomplete remains point to a wide variety of feeding styles.
Size: 3.5 to 4 meter wingspan.
Known locations: Hungary, Veszprém County, Bakony Mountains - Csehbánya Formation.
Time period: Santonian of the Cretaceous.
Fossil representation: Based upon a partial mandible (lower jaw). A symphysis, the part where both halves of the lower jaw are fused together at the front has also been attributed to Bakonydraco. Partial material composed of cervical (neck) vertebrae and wing bones have also been found in proximity to the original find, and may also belong to Bakonydraco.
date not much can be revealed about Bakonydraco
other than it was
almost certainly an azdarchid pterosaur.
still differ from many other azdarchids however by having what appears
to have been a tall, deep beak. This has implied a possibly
piscivorous specialisation as opposed to a more general carnivore. It
has also been suggested that Bakonydraco may have
also been a
frugivore, feeding upon the fruit from plants.
Another potential specialisation can be seen in the way that the lower jaw came together towards the tip. The mandible of Bakonydraco is made up of two halves like in other pterosaurs, and indeed most other creatures, but the front half is fused together. When fused the halves also become laterally compressed giving Bakonydraco a flattened 'spear tip' appearance to its front jaw. It is hard to see with certainty how this adaptation helped Bakonydraco as its function is more down to how you interpret it. If Bakonydraco ate fish, the narrow jaw would have reduced water resistance allowing for faster and more precise strikes at prey. Alternatively if Bakonydraco was a frugivore the narrow jaw may have allowed Bakonydraco to pick fruit without the bulk of a larger beak pushing branches out of reach.
- First evidence of azhdarchid pterosaurs from the Late Cretaceous of Hungary. - Acta Palaeontologica Polonica. 50 (4): 777–787. Retrieved 2009-07-28. - Attila Ösi, David B. Weishampel & Coralia M. Jianu - 2005.