Named By: Cheng Xin, Wang Xiaolin, Jiang Shunxing & Alexander W.A. Kellner - 2012.
Classification: Chordata, Reptilia, Pterosauria, Rhamphorhynchidae, Scaphognathinae.
Species: J. robustus (type).
Known locations: China, Hebei province - Tiaojishan Formation.
Time period: Mid Jurassic.
Fossil representation: Single partial specimen.
Jianchangnathus has been found to have several
its frontal teeth actually pointed forwards like with
This may have been to make it easier for Jianchangnathus
to pick up fish with its mouth, significantly increasing the chance
of successful prey capture.
Another pterosaur from the same deposit is Fenghuangopterus, a pterosaur which is thought to be different to Jianchangnathus on the basis of differing wing proportions and number of teeth.
- A new scaphognathid pterosaur from western Liaoning, China. - Historical Biology 24(1):101-111. - X. Cheng, X. Wang, S. Jiang & A. W. A. Kellner - 2012.