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Tag Archives: Pterosaurs
Lest my readers think I’ve become dull, an upcoming post will have this in it, and an explanation. You will have to further pardon me while I make my next few posts NOT about this. Feel free to offer commentary … Continue reading
Here’s the skull of the anurognathid Anurognathus ammoni. This guy appears on the banner above — occasionally — to which I’ve granted nice, long filamentous integument, especially in front of the eyes. And there’s not a whole lot in front … Continue reading
So, there’s a little something interesting that popped up while doing research on the systematics of pterosaurs. First, There’s not a whole lot we know about the skulls of a particular group of pterosaurs, the Chaoyangopteridae; and second, there may … Continue reading
Tapejaroidea, a clade of pterosaurs that might also be called Lophocratia, depending on whom you ask, represent a diverse clade of mostly toothless pterosaurs. They represent mostly one half of the Pterodactyloidea, the other being Ornithocheiroidea (or Euornithocheira). [It’s something … Continue reading
I’ve been on a pterosaur kick lately, especially focusing on “tapejaroids” — and only tangentially related to my recent report of the first European tapejaroid, Europejara olcadesorum — those pterosaurs that split off from azhdarchids with the crazy huge nasoantorbital … Continue reading
Europejara olcadesorum, a new tapejarid pterosaur, has been described from the famous Las Hoyas lagerstät of Cuenca, Spain. This specimen is unique because, aside from the lagerstätten of Liaoning Province in China, tapejarids in the broad sense are known only … Continue reading
As an update to my previous post, Rendering Unto Nature What is Nature’s Due, I’ve taken the opportunity to create another careful skeletal diagram for the purposes of creating silhouettes for Mike Keesey’s Phylo Pic. I’ve already rendered one for … Continue reading
Pterosaurs represent an unusual group of diverse archosauromorphan vertebrates, characterized by large skulls, light body plans, and extremely elongated arms. Among them, there were the small anurognathids who sported large, wide heads and very long wings; gar-toothed, slender-snouted “rhamphorhynchids” (a … Continue reading
As if hurried by the process of discovery and the level of achievement gained through the recovery and description of Darwinopterus (details summarized here),researchers have uncovered yet another long-tailed, large-skulled “intermediate” between the rhamphorhynchoid and pterodactyloid grades of pterosaur, Wukongopterus … Continue reading
By now, the blogosphere has had it’s chance on Darwinopterus. PZ Myers had a shot over at Pharyngula summarizing it, Darren Naish at Tetrapod Zoology approached the ecological angle by exploring the potential for predation (also handled by Mark Witton’s … Continue reading