BH Staff | October 1, 2022
Age and Locality: Early Cretaceous, Liaoning Province.
Huaxiapterus is a genus of pterosaurs belonging to the suborder Pterodactyloidea and family Anhangueridae. Its fossils were discovered in the Jiufotang Formation in Chaoyang, Liaoning Province, China, dating back to the Barremian to Aptian stages of the Lower Cretaceous. Huaxiapterus is the second known genus of the family Anhangueridae found in this region, following the discovery of Chinese pterosaurs.
Huaxiapterus has a relatively large head with a bird-like pointed beak, lacking teeth. Above the head is a long bony crest that extends from the elevated front of the upper jaw bone to the back of the skull.