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New material of Chaoyangopterus



This just in.

Zhou, Chang-Fu
New material of Chaoyangopterus (Pterosauria: Pterodactyloidea) from
the Early Cretaceous Jiufotang Formation of western Liaoning, China
Neues Jahrbuch für Geologie und Paläontologie - Abhandlungen, Volume
257, Number 3, September 2010 , pp. 341-350(10)
DOI: 10.1127/0077-7749/2010/0081

Abstract:
A new edentulous pterosaur from the Yuanjiawa beds of the Early
Cretaceous Jiufotang Formation in Yuanjiawa, Chaoyang, western
Liaoning, China, is described. The fossil, an incomplete and scattered
skeleton, including partial skull and lower jaws, is identified as
Chaoyangopterus zhangi, based on similar proportions of the limb
bones. The specimen shows that Chaoyangopterus possessed moderately
elongate mid-cervical vertebrae with low, blade-like neural spines and
lacked lateral pneumatic foramina. This discovery not only further
supports a distinct Chaoyangopteridae within the Azhdarchoidea, but
also provides a new scope for reviewing the evolution of the family
Azhdarchidae.

Again, don't have a copy yet (damn you Ingenta Connect! but if someone
does I wouldn't mind a copy.

Cheers

Ville