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The new pterodactyloid pterosaur _Normannognathus wellnhoferi_ is
BUFFETAUT, E., LEPAGE, J-J. and LEPAGE, G. 1998. A new pterodactyloid
pterosaur from the Kimmeridgian of the Cap de la Heve (Normandy,
France). _Geol. Mag._ 135: 719-22.
The specimen consists of the rostral left maxilla, premaxilla, and
rostral fused dentaries. The length of the dentary symphasis
indicates that the animal is a pterodactyloid. The animal has a very
peculiar cranial crest of a new type not seen before in pterosaurs -
a kind of dorsorostrally directed ?triangular plate with the same
kind of fibrous texture as seen in germanodactylids and
dsungaripterids. The authors suggest that this texture indicates
covering by an integument. This crest and other features mean that
the pterosaur is placed within Germanodactylidae, and affinities
between this group and dsungaripterids are reinforced (as per Young
(1964) and Wellnhofer (1978)).
The specimen is small (about 10 cm long), so the pterosaur would not
have been a very big one. Dr. Buffetaut previously spoke about it at
SVCPA (and Oliver Rauhut bought a plaster copy of it in the
"We're raptors - and don't YOU forget it!"