Name: Eoazhdarcho ‭(‬Dawn Azhdarco‭)‬.
Phonetic: E-oh-as-dar-ko.
Named By: Lü‭ & ‬Ji‭ ‬-‭ ‬2005.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Reptilia,‭ ‬Pterosuria,‭ ‬Pterodactyloidea,‭ ‬Azhdarchoidea,‭ ‬Chaoyangopteridae.
Species: E.‭ ‬liaoxiensis‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Type: Carnivore.
Size: 1.6‭ ‬meter wingspan.
Known locations: China,‭ ‬Liaoning Province‭ ‬-‭ ‬Jiufotang Formaition.
Time period: Aptian of the Cretaceous.
Fossil representation: Partial skeleton.

       Originally thought to be a basal azdarchid,‭ ‬Eoazhdarcho is now placed in the Chaoyangopteridae,‭ ‬the group that includes Chaoyangopterus.‭ ‬This group still falls within the azdarchoidea,‭ ‬and with a‭ ‬1.6‭ ‬meter wingspan,‭ ‬Eoazhdarcho is one of the smaller members of the group.‭ ‬Eoazhdarcho has a toothless beak possibly indicating a similar stork lifestyle as has been hypothesized for the azdarchids.

Further reading
‭- ‬New azhdarchid pterosaur from the Early Cretaceous of western Liaoning. Acta Geologica Sinica 79(3):301-307. - J. Lü & Q. Ji - 2005.


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