Named By: E. Buffetaut, J. J. Lepage, & G. Lepage - 1998.
Classification: Chordata, Reptilia, Pterosauria, Pterodactyloidea, Dsungaripteroidea.
Species: N. wellnhoferi (type).
Type: Shellfish eater.
Size: Uncertain due to incomplete fossil material.
Known locations: France, Normandy - Argiles d'Octeville.
Time period: Kimmeridgian of the Jurassic.
Fossil representation: Left front portion of the skull and mandible (lower jaw).
being known from only scant fossil material, Normannognathus
have been a dsungaripterid pterosaur, a group noted for specialising in
shellfish. The teeth seem to have covered at least the entire front
portion of the jaws with teeth being present in the tip, although it is
unknown how far back they go because the upper skull of Normannognathus
is still unknown. The teeth are also robust and seem to be more suited
for crushing than piercing soft flesh.
Normannognathus also seems to have had a crest on its snout that came to an abrupt end, and this led some to point similarities between Normannognathus and the better known Dsungaripterus.
- A new pterodactyloid pterosaur from the Kimmeridgian of the Cap de la Hève (Normandy, France). - Geological Magazine 135:719-722. - E. Buffetaut, J.-J. Lepage & G. Lepage - 1998.