|Named By:||S. U. Vidovic & D. M. Martill in 2014|
|Time Period:||Late Jurassic, 150.8-148.5 Ma|
|Location:||Germany - Solnhofen Limestone|
|Size:||Wingspan of largest known individual as of 2016 roughly estimated at about 45-47 centimetres across. However this is of a juvenile, adults would have likely been at least slightly larger|
|Fossil(s):||Almost complete skull and post cranial skeletal remains, but only of juveniles. Soft tissue impressions are also known|
|Classification:||| Chordata | Reptilia | Pterosauria | Pterodactyloidea | Aurorazhdarchidae ||
|Also known as:||| Pterodactylus scolopaciceps ||
Aerodactylus (meaning "wind finger") is a genus of pterosaurs containing a single species, Aerodactylus scolopaciceps, previously regarded as a species of Pterodactylus.
The fossil remains of this species have been found only in the Solnhofen limestone of Bavaria, Germany, dated to the late Jurassic Period (early Tithonian), about 150.8-148.5 million years ago. Like all pterosaurs, the wings of Aerodactylus were formed by a skin and muscle membrane stretching from its elongated fourth finger to its hind limbs. It was supported internally by collagen fibres and externally by keratinous ridges. Several well preserved fossils have shown that Aerodactylus was covered in a short, dense coat of bristly pycnofibres, and that it had a rounded triangular crest on its head, as well as a backward-pointing lappet. It is named after the Pokemon, Aerodactyl.