Named By: Alexander Kellner - 2010.
Classification: Chordata, Reptilia, Pterosauria, Pterodactyloidea, Pteranodontidae).
Species: D. kanzai (type).
Size: Uncertain, but probably comparable to Pteranodon in size.
Known locations: USA, Kansas - Niobrara Formation, Smokey Hill Chalk Member.
Time period: Coniacian to Santonian of the Cretaceous.
Fossil representation: Almost complete skull and partial post cranial remains.
Alexander Kellner found what was thought to be a Pteranodon,
realised that morphological differences in the specimen meant that it
was not a match. Kellner then compared it to the next closest
pterosaur and in the process made the exciting discovery that it was
not an individual of this genus either and he had in fact identified a
new genus of pterosaur.
The key difference between Dawndraco and Pteranodon is that the snout of Dawndraco does not taper to a point like it does in Pteranodon. Other than this Dawndraco had very similar body morphology and would likely have lived in a very similar manner to Pteranodon.