Named By: Lü Jinchang & Ji Qiang - 2005.
Classification: Chordata, Reptilia, Pterosauria, Pterodactyloidea, Ornithocheiroidea, Boreopteridae.
Species: B. curiae (type).
Size: 1.45 meter wingspan. Skull 23.5 centimetres long.
Known locations: China, Liaoning Province - Yixian Formation.
Time period: Barremian to Aptian of the Cretaceous.
Fossil representation: Skull and almost complete skeleton.
in other ornithocherid pterosaurs
the sharp teeth of Boreopterus
project out to the sides with the largest near the tip of the snout,
most notably the third and fourth pairs from the tip of the snout. When
the teeth near the tips of the jaws meshed together they made for an
effective prey trap. In total Boreopterus is
thought to have had at
least fifty-four teeth, making for an unusually high number.
Boreopterus was initially placed within the Ornithocheiroidea until 2006 when Lü Jinchang created the Boreopteridae where Boreopterus now sits along with Feilongus.
- A new ornithocheirid from the Early Cretaceous of Liaoning Province, China. - Acta Geologica Sinica 79 (2): 157–163. - Junchang Lü & Qiang Ji - 2005.