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NEW RHAMPHORHYNCHOID WITH A HEADCREST AND COMPLEX INTEGUMENTARY
Stephen A. Czerkas and Qiang Ji
A new rhamphorhynchoid is described with a headcrest that is
unprecedented among the long-tailed pterosaurs. The preservation of
the headcrest presents significant implications regarding the physical
appearance and aerodynamics of all pterosaurs. Also, "hair-like"
integumentary structures of this pterosaur are shown to be complex
multi-strand structures which presents evidence on the origin of
feathers and the possibility of a remarkably early ancestral
relationship between pterosaurs and birds.
I'm waiting for a feathered sauropod! :-)
While on the subject of pterosaur fur, what was it like? Could it have
formed a sort of aeroshell is in birds?
Or were they soft and fluffy?
John Conway, Palaeoartist
"All art is quite useless." - Oscar Wilde
Systematic ramblings: http://homepage.mac.com/john_conway/phylogenetic/