(named after Simurgh, a flying beast from Persian mythology).
Named By: N. R. Longrich, D. M. Martill & B. Andres - 2018.
Classification: Chordata, Reptilia, Pterosauria, Pterodactyloidea, Pteranodontia, Nyctosauridae.
Species: S. robusta (type).
Known locations: Morocco.
Time period: Maastrichtian of the Cretaceous.
Fossil representation: Partial remains of many individuals.
is a genus of pterosaur
that lived in Africa during the late
Cretaceous. The holotype fossils of Simurghia
were found in what was
a marine environment, strongly showing that Simurghia
- Late Maastrichtian pterosaurs from North Africa and mass extinction of Pterosauria at the Cretaceous-Paleogene boundary. - PLoS Biology 16(3):e2001663:1-38. - N. R. Longrich, D. M. Martill & B. Andres - 2018.