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A Brief Look at Wukongopterus
Jaime H. wrote:
So, with all respect to parties here, I would like to insert a comment on this
more robustly than I did before. It is true that there may be crushing or
distortion involved that would discriminate Wukognopterus lii as an abberant
Darwinopterus modularis, or at least a Wukongopterus lii as a new species of
Darwinopterus, D. lii. However, some details preclude the argument that
distortion alone is responsible for their dismimilarity.
>>> Excellent attention to detail, Jaime! Very specific.
In my own look-see (and please correct me if I'm wrong) I found the following
1. Metatarsal III longer than Mt II in Wukongopterus, not in Darwinopterus
2. Longest digit(s) from heel: three and four in Wukongopteris, two in
3. Pedal phalanx 4.4 not shorter than 4.1 n Wukongopterus, not in Darwinopterus.
I did not test for the characters noted by Jaime, but have no quarrel with his
As a result, these two pterosaurs nest together enough to be congeneric, but
details keep them from being conspecific, IMHO, in agreement with Jaime. Which
of the two is least like the outgroup depends on which outgroup these two
belong to. Let's figure that one out.