Hongshanopterus

Name: Hongshanopterus (Hongshan Wing).
Phonetic: Hong-shan-op-teh-rus.
Named By: Wang et al - 2008.
Classification: Chordata, Reptilia, Chordata, Pterodactyloidea, Pterodactyloidea, Ornithocheiroidea, Istiodactylidae.
Species: H. lacustris (type).
Type: Carnivore.
Size: 2 meter wingspan.
Known locations: China, Liaoning Province - Jiufotang Formation.
Time period: Aptian of the Cretaceous.
Fossil representation: Skull and cervical vertebra of a sub adult.

       The teeth of Hongshanopterus extend past the first third of the skull. Not only does this give Hongshanopterus more teeth than other istiodactylids, it is taken as a marker for Hongshanopterus being a basal member of the group.



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