Fossils of Lonchodectes are extremely rare but fragmentary remains have been discovered in the Cambridge Greensand formation. Lonchodectes remains have also been discovered in Hastings sands of Sussex. The remains of Lonchodectes discovered in this region shows that the family were well established. It is possible that the family of Lonchodectes became extinct somewhere around the early Late Cretaceous, probably the Cenomanian Stage.
- Lonchodectes compressirostris
- Hooley, 1914
- Meaning of generic name
- Lance Biter
- Meaning of specific name
- the squeeze beak
- Wingspan: 2 m
- Fragmentary remains, include several teeth, isolated and associated bones
- Age and Distribution
- Lower Cretaceous Greensand Formation (Albian), Cambridge, England.
Lower Cretaceous Santana Formation (Cenomanian), Brazil.
- Pterosauria Pterodactyloidea Azhdarchoidea? Lonchodectidae
- Further Reading
- Hooley, R.W. (1914). On the Ornithosaurian genus Ornithocheirus with a review of the specimens from the Cambridge Greensand in the Sedgwick Museum, Cambridge. Annals and Magazine of Natural History, series 8, 78:529-557
Unwin, D.M., Lü, J., and Bakhurina, N.N. (2000). On the systematic and stratigraphic significance of pterosaurs from the Lower Cretaceous Yixian Formation (Jehol Group) of Liaoning, China. Mitteilungen Museum für Naturkunde der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Geowissenschaftliche Reihe 3:181–206.