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New Pterosaur from Liaoning

The pterosaurs of Asia have a new member, this one a
non-controversial (they say... ;) ) pterydactylid called
*Haopterus* ...

Wang X.-l. & Lü J.-c. 2001. Discovery of a pterodactylid
pterosaur from the Yixian Formation of western Liaoning, China.
_Chinese Science Bulletin_ 46(13): 1112-1117.

  The abstract reads:

  "A well-preserved pterosaur with nearly complete skull is
described from the Lower Cretaceous Yixian Formation at Sihetun
in western Liaoning. It is characterized by a low and long
crestless skull, slender and pointed teeth, long metacarpal,
nearly equal length of metatarsals ___ III and short pedal digit
__. It is referred to a new genus and species of the family
Pterodactylidae: Haopterus gracilis gen. et sp. nov. This is the
first pterosaur with a nearly complete skull from the Jehol
Biota; it also represents the first non-controversial fossil
record of Pterodactylidae in Asia. Haopterus is more derived
than Pterodactylus from the Late Jurassic Solnhofen in Germany.
This discovery extends the distribution of the family
Pterodactylidae from Europe and Africa to Asia and its latest
occurrence from the Late Jurassic to the Early Cretaceous. The
discovery of Haopterus gracilis provides further evidence for
the study of the origin and radiation of the Jehol Biota; it
also sheds new light on the evolution and distribution of
pterosaurs in the late Mesozoic."

  __ = indicates where characters were rendered in ascii symbols
and unintelligible, so are coding problems on my browser. Once
again, and this is true on the whole site, the PDF is unavailable.

Jaime A. Headden

  Where the Wind Comes Sweeping Down the Pampas!!!!

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