Haopterus was a pterosaur, a type of flying reptile. It was not a dinosaur, though it lived during the same period. Haopterus lived during the Early Cretaceous and resided in Asia. The first Haopterus fossil was discovered in 2001.

Quick facts about Haopterus:

  • Existed from 129.4 million years ago to 122.46 million years ago
  • Lived in a marine environment
  • Was a piscivore
  • Could fly
  • Only one specimen has been found by paleontologists

All the Haopterus illustrations below were collected from the internet. Enjoy and explore:

Haopterus was described by the following scientific paper(s):
  • X. Wang and J. Lü. 2001. Discovery of a pterodactylid pterosaur from the Yixian Formation of western Liaoning, China. Chinese Science Bulletin 46:1112-1117