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Dan (dbensen) wrote...
> Does anyone know whether the "Tapejara sp" of David Peters's pages has
> been officially named? And if so, what is its species name?
Not sure what species you mean without consulting Dave's page, but a
new species, _Tapejara imperator_, was described by Kellner recently.
It has a relatively enormous soft tissue crest supported by thin bony
spars from the premaxillary and parietal crests. Another new species
(and possibly genus) is presently in press - it also has a huge soft
tissue crest, but of a different shape (best approximated as a giant
inverted U). Photos have already been published in _Oryctos_ 1.
Don't forget that tapejarids have now been reported from northern
Africa (Buffetaut and Wellnhofer 1999). Some (unpublished) pterosaur
phylogenies find Tapejaridae to be paraphyletic, with _Tupuxuara_
closer to azhdarchids than to _Tapejara_ - if you are familiar with
Dave's pterosaur page you will know that he groups tapejarids in a
clade (the Scalmognathi*) with pteranodontids.
*Did I spell it right?
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