Rhamphorhynchus was a pterosaur, a type of flying reptile. It was not a dinosaur, though it lived during the same period. Rhamphorhynchus lived during the Late Jurassic and resided in Africa and Europe. The first Rhamphorhynchus fossil was discovered in 1846.

Quick facts about Rhamphorhynchus:

  • Existed from 163.5 million years ago to 145 million years ago
  • Lived in a marine environment
  • Was a piscivore
  • Could fly
  • 26 different specimens have been found by paleontologists

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

Rhamphorhynchus was described by the following scientific paper(s):
  • B. P. Pérez-Moreno and D. J. Chure. 1999. On the presence of Allosaurus fragilis (Theropoda: Carnosauria) in the Upper Jurassic of Portugal: first evidence of an intercontinental dinosaur species. Journal of the Geological Society, London 156:449-452
  • G. Dietl and G. Schweigert. 2011. Im Reich der Meerengel. Der Nusplinger Plattenkalk und seine Fossilien.
  • C. Brauckmann. 1978. Beitrag zur Flora der Grube Guimarota (Ober-Jura; Mittel-Portugal). Geologica et Palaeontologica 12:213-222