Name: Lonchognathosaurus (Lance jaw lizard).
Phonetic: Lon-cho-na-tho-sore-us.
Named By: Michael Maisch, Andreas Matzke and Sun Ge - 2004.
Classification: Chordata, Reptilia, Pterosauria, Pterodactyloidea, Dsungaripteroidea, Dsungaripteridae.
Species: L. acutirostris (type).
Diet: Shellfish.
Size: 40 centimetre skull.
Known locations: China, Kinjiang - Lianmuqin Formation.
Time period: Albian of the Cretaceous.
Fossil representation: Partial front skull and lower jaw remains.

       Lonchognathosaurus had jaws that were typical of the dsungaripterid pterosaurs in that they were pointed and lacked teeth towards the front of the snout. It's thought that pterosaurs like Lonchognathosaurus used this design to dig out invertebrates so that they can be crushed with the stout teeth towards the rear of the mouth.
       Lonchognathosaurus has been considered by some to be a junior synonym to Dsungaripterus, although the snout of Lonchognathosaurus seems to have been less curved than the snout of Dsungaripterus.


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