Name: Liaodactylus ‭(‬Liaoning finger‭)‬.
Phonetic: Le-ow-dak-ty-lus.
Named By: Chang-Fu Zhou,‭ ‬Ke-Qin Gao,‭ ‬Hongyu Yi,‭ ‬Jinzhuang Xue,‭ ‬Quanguo Li,‭ & ‬Richard C.‭ ‬Fox‭ ‬-‭ ‬2017.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Reptilia,‭ ‬Pterosauria,‭ ‬Pterodactyloidea,‭ ‬Ctenochasmatidae.
Species: L.‭ ‬primus‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Filter feeder.
Size: Holotype skull about‭ ‬13.3‭ ‬centimetres long.
Known locations: China‭ ‬-‭ ‬Tiaojishan Formation.
Time period: Oxfordian of the Jurassic.
Fossil representation: Partial skull and jaws.

       Liaodactylus is a genus of pterosaur that lived in Asia during the late Jurassic.‭ ‬Liaodactylus is noted for having numerous small teeth in comb-like structures that meshed together when the jaws closed.‭ ‬This would have allowed Liaodactylus to feed by filtering out small invertebrates from water and soft sediment.

Further reading
-‭ ‬Earliest filter-feeding pterosaur from the Jurassic of China and ecological evolution of Pterodactyloidea.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Royal Society Open Science.‭ ‬4‭ (‬2‭)‬.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Chang-Fu Zhou,‭ ‬Ke-Qin Gao,‭ ‬Hongyu Yi,‭ ‬Jinzhuang Xue,‭ ‬Quanguo Li,‭ & ‬Richard C.‭ ‬Fox‭ ‬-‭ ‬2017.


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