Named By: Harry Govier Seeley - 1880.
Classification: Chordata, Reptilia, Pterosauria, Rhamphorhynchoidea.
Species: R. bucklandi, R. depressirostris, R. prestwichi.
Type: Exact diet unknown but certainly carnivorous as a base.
Size: Estimated 2 meter wingspan.
Known locations: England, Oxfordshire - Taynton Limestone Formation (Stonesfield Slate).
Time period: Bathonian of the Jurassic.
Fossil representation: Several specimens of jaw and wing fragments.
of the fragmentary nature of Rhamphocephalus
specimens it is hard to
determine the kind of pterosaur that it was in life. Also the poor
preservation of the specimens have led many to doubt if they actually
represent a new genus, in fact the term wastebasket taxon has been
applied to Rhamphocephalus much like it used to be
The only thing that has been ascertained is that Rhamphocephalus was a basal pterosaur of the Rhamphorhyncoidea. Aside from its earlier presence in the fossil record, the wings between basal and advanced pterosaurs are proportionately different in the bone sizes.
- On Rhamphorhynchus bucklandi a new pterosaurian from the Stonesfield Slate. - Quarterly Journal of the Geological Society of London. - T. H. Huxley - 1859.
- On the Rhamphocephalus prestwichi, Seeley, an ornithosaurian from the Stonesfield Slate of Kineton. - Quarterly Journal of the Geological Society 36:27-30. - H. G. Seeley - 1880.