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RE: More pterosaur stuff (Kunpengopterus)

Wait, no comment from the masses (save me) about the grammar in the name 
construction in *Wukongopteridae*? Same on you, guys, and on you David, since 
you're usually the first to pounce on this sort of thing. Shame.


Jaime A. Headden
The Bite Stuff (site v2)

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> Date: Fri, 17 Dec 2010 08:19:40 +0000
> From: bh480@scn.org
> To: dinosaur@usc.edu
> Subject: More pterosaur stuff (Kunpengopterus)
> From: Ben Creisler
> bh480@scn.org
> In case this has not been mentioned yet by anybody who
> downloaded the free pdf of the new Pteranodon article,
> there is another article (free pdf) in the same issue
> with new pterosaur taxa. The paper distinguishes
> Wukongopterus from Darwinopterus and adds a new genus
> (Kunpengopterus) and a new species of Darwinopterus:
> New long-tailed pterosaurs (Wukongopteridae) from western
> Liaoning, China.
> Anais da Academia Brasileira de Ciencias 82(4): 1045-
> 1062.
> ISSN 0001-3765. doi: 10.1590/S0001-37652010000400024.
> http://www.scielo.br/scielo.php?
> script=sci_abstract&pid=S0001-
> 37652010000400024&lng=pt&nrm=iso&tlng=en
> Two almost complete long-tailed pterosaurs from the
> Linglongta, Jianchang County, western Liaoning, China,
> are described and represent new taxa referred to the non-
> pterodactyloid clade Wukongopteridae. Kunpengopterus
> sinensis gen. et sp. nov. differs from other members of
> this clade mainly by the rounded posterior region of the
> skull, thick lacrimal process of the jugal and lack of a
> bony premaxillary crest. This species further shows a
> soft tissue crest above the frontal, a comparatively
> larger wing finger, and the proximal segment of the
> second pedal phalanx of the fifth toe shorter than in
> other wukongopterids. The second new species is referred
> to the genus Darwinopterus, D. linglongtaensis sp. nov.
> based on the posterior region of the skull. It further
> differs from other wukongopterid pterosaurs by the thin
> lacrimal process of the jugal, foramen on nasal process
> rounded, and by having the second pedal phalanx of the
> fifth toe less curved (115°). Several differences among
> the Wukongopteridae can be found in the dentition and the
> feet, suggesting that they might have occupied slightly
> different ecological niches. The long-tailed
> Changchengopterus pani is tentatively referred to this
> clade and new diagnosis for the wukongopterids
> Wukongopterus lii and Darwinopterus modularis is provided.
> ======
> Also, there is a news story with artwork for a 3-D TV
> show about pterosaurs starring Sir David-Attenborough:
> http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-1339263/Sir-
> David-Attenborough-flies-air-dinosaurs-new-TV-show.html?
> ito=feeds-newsxml
> And as mentioned in my earlier post, the new
> Palaeodiversity has an article (free pdf) about
> pterosaurs as archosaurs based on a fenestra in the
> mandible.
> http://www.palaeodiversity.org/currentissue.htm