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Pterosaur news (was Re: Pterosaurian Pedal Clinching)



The recent thread on pterosaur construction and locomotion has been 
interesting, primarily because it ignores most of the literature published in 
the last ten years on this subject. 

For those who would like to catch up might I suggest that you take a peek at: 
Unwin, D.M., 1999, Pterosaurs: back to the traditional model? Trends in 
Evolution and Ecology, 14 (7) 263-268. 

You can see the splendid cover of this issue, and an abstract of the article at:

 
http://www.biomednet.com/library/trends/display.exe?jcode=TREE&action=browse&node=TOC@@TREE@014@07


For those who just cannot wait to see whats out there try starting with this 
selection:


Bakhurina, N.N. and Unwin, D.M. (1995) Taphonomy of pterosaurs from the Upper 
Jurassic lacustrine lithographic limestones of Karatau, Kazakhstan, II 
International Symposium on Lithographic Limestones Cuenca, Spain, 19-21

Bakhurina, N.N. and Unwin, D.M. (1995) A survey of pterosaurs from the Jurassic 
and Cretaceous of the former Soviet Union and Mongolia, Hist. Biol. 10, 197-245

Bennett, S.C. (1996) The phylogenetic position of the Pterosauria within the 
Archosauromorpha, Zool. J. Linn. Soc. 118, 261-308 

Bennett, S.C. (1997) Terrestrial locomotion of pterosaurs: a reconstruction 
based on Pteraichnus trackways, J. Vertebr. Paleontol. 17, 104-113 

Bennett, S.C. (1997) The arboreal leaping theory of the origin of pterosaur 
flight, Hist. Biol. 12, 265-290 

Clark, J.M., et al. (1998) Foot posture in a primitive pterosaur, Nature 391, 
886-889

Lockley, M.G., et al. (1995) The fossil trackway Pteraichnus is pterosaurian, 
not crocodilian: implications for the global distribution of pterosaur tracks, 
Ichnos 4, 7-20

Lockley, M.G., et al. (1997) First report of pterosaur tracks from Asia, 
Chullanam Province, Korea, J. Pal. Soc. Korea, Spec. 2, 17-32.

Mazin, J-M., et al. (1995) Des pistes de ptérosaures dans le Tithonien de 
Crayssac (Quercy, France), Compt. Rendus Acad. Sci. Paris 321, 417-424 

Padian, K. (1991) Pterosaurs: were they functional birds or functional bats? in 
Biomechanics in evolution, Seminar Series of the Society for Experimental 
Biology 36 (Rayner, J.M.V. and Wootton, R.J., eds), pp. 146-160, Cambridge 
University Press

Padian, K. (1995) Pterosaurs and typology: archetypal physiology in the 
Owen-Seeley dispute of 1870, in Vertebrate fossils and the evolution of 
scientific concepts (Sarjeant, W.A.S., ed.), pp. 285-298, Gordon and Breach

Padian, K. (1997) Pterosauromorpha, in Encyclopedia of dinosaurs (Currie, P.J. 
and Padian, K., eds), pp. 617-618, Academic Press

Padian, K., Gauthier, J.A. and Fraser, N.C. (1995) Scleromochlus taylori and 
the early evolution of pterosaurs, J. Vertebr. Paleontol. 15, 47A

Padian, K. and Rayner, J.M.V. (1993) The wings of pterosaurs, Am. J. Sci. 293A, 
91-166

Peters, D. (1997) A new phylogeny for the Pterosauria, J. Vertebr. Paleontol. 
17, 69A

Unwin, D.M. (1997) Pterosaur tracks and the terrestrial ability of pterosaurs, 
Lethaia 29, 373-386

Unwin, D.M. (1997) Locomotory roles of the hind limbs in pterosaurs, J. 
Vertebr. Paleontol. 17, 82A

Unwin, D.M. and Bakhurina, N.N. (1994) Sordes pilosus and the nature of the 
pterosaur flight apparatus, Nature 371, 62-64 

Wellnhofer, P. (1991) The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Pterosaurs, Salamander 
Books

Wellnhofer, P. (1991) Weitere Pterosaurierfunde aus der Santana-Formation (Apt) 
der Chapada do Araripe, Brasilien, Palaeontographica A 215, 43-101

Wild, R. (1993) A juvenile specimen of Eudimorphodon ranzii Zambelli (Reptilia, 
Pterosauria) from the Upper Triassic (Norian) of Bergamo, Riv. Mus. Civ. Sci. 
Nat. "E. Caffi" Bergamo 16, 95-120

Wright, J.L., et al. (1997) Pterosaur tracks from the Purbeck Formation of 
Dorset, England, Proc. Geol. Ass. 108, 39-48 


And, if you want some more, then watch out for:

Unwin, D. M. and Henderson, D. TESTING THE TERRESTRIAL ABILITY OF PTEROSAURS 
WITH COMPUTER-BASED METHODS, JVP abstracts, 1999. 

Henderson, D. and Unwin., D. M. MATHEMATICAL AND COMPUTATIONAL MODELLING OF A 
WALKING PTEROSAUR,  JVP abstracts 1999. 

Assuming no technodisasters both these will be illustrated with full colour 
computer animations in Denver. 


And that was nice

Dave

PS. Ollie - reckon that ones worth at least two points, eh?  




 



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