Named By: Lü Jungchang - 2010.
Classification: Chordata, Sauropsida, Pterosauria, Pterodactyloidea, Ornithocheiroidea, Boreopteridae.
Species: Z. longirostris (type).
Size: About 4 meter wingspan.
Known locations: China, Liaoning Province.
Time period: Early Cretaceous.
Fossil representation: Well preserved specimen.
jaws of Zhenyuanopterus feature long needle like
teeth that protrude
out of the jaws and intermesh when the mouth is closed. The largest
teeth are at the front, although they get significantly smaller as they
approach the nostril. Some have considered the larger teeth at the
front to have been too fragile to cope with struggling larger and more
powerful prey, and as such Zhenyuanopterus may have
Zhenyuanopterus also had extremely tiny feet. There is also what remains of a low crest that rises up from the top of the skull from just before the nostril to roughly half way over the antorbital fenestra.
- A boreopterid pterodactyloid pterosaur from the Early Cretaceous Yixian Formation of Liaoning Province, northeastern China. - Acta Geologica Sinica (English Edition) 84(2):241-246. - J. Lü - 2010.