Jidapterus

Name: Jidapterus (Jln Dxu wing).
Phonetic: Ji-dap-teh-rus.
Named By: Dong Zhiming, Sun Yue-Wu & Wu Shao-Yuan - 2003.
Classification: Chordata, Reptilia, Pterosauria, Pterodactyloidea, Azhdarchoidea, Chaoyangopteridae.
Species: J. edentus (type).
Type: Carnivore/Piscivore.
Size: Estimates 1.7 meter wingspan.
Known locations: China, Liaoning Province - Jiufotang Formation.
Time period: Aptian of the Cretaceous.
Fossil representation: Almost complete individual.

       Jidapterus has had an uncertain phylogenetic history with researchers either not knowing or not agreeing on where to place it. Most now agree that Jidapterus belongs with the azhdarchid pterosaurs within the chaoyangopteridae because of its similarities to Chaoyangopterus which was described in the same year as Jidapterus.



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