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Zhenyuanopterus longirostris - new boreopterid pterosaur

This is a spectacular find. Rare, too.

That the feet are especially small is common to ornithocheirids. This is the 
first specimen to make this apparent without a reconstruction. 

I would think more revelations would be forthcoming from such a grand and 
well-layed-out specimen.


Lü, J. 2010. A new boreopterid pterodactyloid pterosaur from the Early
Cretaceous Yixian Formation of Liaoning Province, northeastern Chian. Acta 
Geologica Sinica (English Edition) 84(2):241-246.

ABSTRACT: A new boreopterid pterosaur: Zhenyuanopterus longirostris gen. et sp. 
nov. from the Yixian Formation of western Liaoning is erected, based onthe 
complete skeleton with a skull and lower jaws preserved. It is characterized 
by: a large boreopterid pterosaur with a high number of teeth, where the 
anterior teeth are much larger than posterior ones; the length of the dorsal + 
sacral vertebrae is nearly half the length of the skull; ratio of the length of 
the humerus to metacarpal IV is approximately 91% and the, humerus, femur and 
third wing phalanx are all equal in length and the feet are specially small. It 
represents the largest boroepterid pterosaur discovered from western Liaoning 
and its surrounding areas so far.

David Peters