Nurhachius

Name: Nurhachius (Nurhaci).
Phonetic: Nur-ha-chi-us.
Named By: Wang Xiaolin, Alexander Kellner, Zhou Zhonge and Diogenes de Almeida Campos - 2005.
Classification: Chordata, Reptilia, Pterosauria, Pterodactyloidea, Istiodactylidae.
Species: N. ignaciobritoi (type). N. luei.
Type: Piscivore.
Size: Estimated 2.4-2.5 meter wingspan.
Known locations: China, Liaoning Province - Jiufotang Formation.
Time period: Aptian of the Cretaceous.
Fossil representation: Partial skull and post cranial remains.




       Nurhachius is perhaps most closely related to Istiodactylus even though the two are geographically separated by several thousand miles. However Nurhachius has a different skull which is lower with a slightly curved lower jaw.
       Nurhachius is named after the first khan of the Qing dynasty, who once ruled from the area where Nurhachius was found.

Further reading
- Pterosaur diversity and faunal turnover in Cretaceous terrestrial ecosystems in China. - Nature 437:875-879. - X. Wang, A. W. A. Kellner, Z. Zhou & D. A. Campos - 2005.
- Nurhachius luei, a new istiodactylid pterosaur (Pterosauria, Pterodactyloidea) from the Early Cretaceous Jiufotang Formation of Chaoyang City, Liaoning Province (China) and comments on the Istiodactylidae. - PeerJ 7:e7688. - X. Zhou, R. V. Pgas, M. E. C. Leal & N. Bonde - 2019.



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