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Multiple new pterosaurs
The following is forwarded from Darren Naish. *I* don't have a copy of this
volume yet, so don't ask me about it...
The new Buffetaut & Mazin pterosaur volume arrived a
couple of days ago. The full citation is...
Buffetaut, E. & Mazin, J.-M. 2003. _Evolution and
Palaeobiology of Pterosaurs. Geological Society Special
Publication 217_. The Geological Society of London, pp.
347. ISBN 1-86239-143-2.
If you're into pterosaurs it is, needless to say, a MUST have.
I don't have the time to do a full summary of the contents,
that would take ages, but here is a brief report on the new
taxa described or named therein...
Carpenter et al. describe the new Morriosn Fm
scaphognathine rhamphorhynchid _Harpactognathus
gentryii_. Similar to _Scaphognathus_, superficially at least.
The famous 'pterosaur predicted by the toy industry'/'leaf-
biter' or whatever you want to call it (the new crested
Brazilian ornithocheirid) is named _Ludodactylus sibbicki_
by Frey et al. _Ludodactylus_ = 'play pterosaur' (in allusion
to 'predictive' toy pterosaurs).
In another paper, Frey et al. name _Tapejara navigans_ for
the Crato Fm tapejarid (depicted in Walking With
Dinosaurs) which has a near-vertical crest: rather like that
of _T. imperator_ but not directed caudodorsally, nor
apparently with the rod-like caudodorsal occipital process.
Pereda Suberbiola et al. name _Phosphatodraco
mauritanicus_ for a Moroccan azhdarchid.
In a review of pterosaur phylogeny, Kellner proposes the
new names Asiaticognathidae (_Batrachognathus_ +
_Dendrorhynchoides_) and Novialoidea
(campylognathoidids and all higher pterosaurs).
Unwin also has a large paper on pterosaur phylogeny (as
expected, quite different in some details from Kellner's but
actually not _that_ different overall) and the following new
taxa are named; Macronychoptera (ADMRCA of
_Dimorphodon_ and _Quetz._, thus excluding
_Preondactylus_); Caelidracones (ADMRCA of
_Anurognathus_ and _Quetz._, thus excluding
_Preondactylus_ and dimorphodontids); Lonchognatha
(ADMRCA of _Eudimorphodon_, _Rhamphorhynchus_
and _Quetz._); Breviquartossa (ADMRCA of
_Rhamphorhynchus_ and _Quetz._); Euornithocheira
(ADMRCA of _Ornithocheirus_ and _Pteranodon_, thus
excluding [within Ornithocheiroidea] _Istiodactylus_);
Pteranodontia (converted from Marsh, 1876 for the
pteranodontid-nyctosaur clade); Lophocratia (ADMRCA of
_Pterodaustro_ and _Quetz._); Euctenochasmatia
(ADMRCA of _Pterodactylus_ and _Pterodaustro_, thus
excluding [within Ctenochasmatoidea] _Cycnorhamphus_);
and Neoazhdarchia (ADMRCA of _Tupuxuara_ and
_Quetz., thus excluding [within Azhdarchoidea]
_Tapejara_. Note that the latter means bye-bye to
On the subject of pterosaurs, there was an article all about
Dave Peters' SVP presentation in The Times' Higher
Education Supplement last week. Without spilling the
beans, I will say that it took a somewhat err, critical, view of
Back to work... see some of you at the British Dinosaurs
conference (this week: Nov' 5th and 6th).
School of Earth & Environmental Sciences
University of Portsmouth UK, PO1 3QL
tel: 023 92846045
Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
Department of Geology Director, Earth, Life & Time Program
University of Maryland College Park Scholars
College Park, MD 20742
Phone: 301-405-4084 Email: email@example.com
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