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RE: The birds vs. the pterosaurs



> From: owner-dinosaur@usc.edu [mailto:owner-dinosaur@usc.edu]On Behalf Of
> Raymond Ancog
>
>
> Thomas R. Holtz, Jr. wrote:
>
> >Two things here:
> >Minor point A) We have, at present, no fossils of smaller
> pterosaurs at the
> >end of the K.  This is not to unequivocally say that they were
> gone (their
> >fossil record is spotty), but there is no poisitive evidence of their
> >presence at that time.
>
> How small is small, Thomas? What is the smallest Maastrichtian pterosaur
> known, and how small was it?

In this case, small = the _Pterodactylus_-eagle size range.

Does anyone know of any definite non-azhdarchid late Maastrichtian pterosaur
taxa?

                Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
                Vertebrate Paleontologist
Department of Geology           Director, Earth, Life & Time Program
University of Maryland          College Park Scholars
                College Park, MD  20742
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