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Re: Pterofiltrus, new pterosaur from China

They're not the only confusing things. No comparison with the rather similar 
(if much larger) Feilongus, another Yixian ctenochasmatoid (or 
Archaeopterodactyloid, whatever you want to call it). This would have been an 
interesting comparison to make: given their similar dentitions, palatal ridges, 
the probable juvenile status of Pterofiltrus, their coexistence in the same 
strata, is it not possible that Pterofiltrus is merely a half-size Feilongus? 
There's no crest on the former, but given the evidence from all plenty of other 
pterosaurs on crest development, this may not mean much at all (and, indeed, 
you wouldn't expect a young Feilongus to sport much, or any, of a crest at 
all). Not saying this is right, of course, but it's a possibility that could, 
maybe should, have been looked into. 

Some pretty big editorial guffs have made it into press, too. Note that the 
line drawing in the paper contradicts the text: it doesn't show the teeth 
extending under the nasoantorbital fenestra, as clearly stated as doing so in 
the paper. Unfortunately, the photo doesn't provide much resolution to the 
issue, either. The skull reconstruction used to illustrate the preserved 
elements doesn't really look like their new animal, being much longer in the 
jaw and shorter in the skull. This isn't really surprising: it's a crestless 
version of the restored Gegepterus skull from Jiang and Wang's 2011 paper on 
that animal and not based on the Pterofiltrus at all. I'm surprised these 
issues weren't picked up in review, to be honest: the first issue makes it very 
hard to work out what this animal actually looks like, and the others suggest a 
rather hurried job from the authors.


>>> Matthew Martyniuk <martyniuk@gmail.com> 01/12/2011 20:15 >>>
I found it odd that the authors themselves state that it cannot be
directly compared to _Beipiaopterus_ and _Elanodactylus_ (due to lack
of cranial elements) and that it differs from _Boreopterus_ in that
"the teeth are inclined anteriorly, while in _Pterofiltrus_, they are
inclined not only anteriorly but also ventrally".


On Thu, Dec 1, 2011 at 2:58 PM, Mark Witton <Mark.Witton@port.ac.uk> wrote:
> — Rescued from the truncation monster —
> --------------------------------------------------
> Holy Hell: are there any Chinese pterosaur specimens that _haven't_ been 
> named yet?
> With Pterofiltrus, we now have _six_ genera of ctenochasmatids from a single 
> formation. Other single Chinese rock units also alleged to contain six 
> Darwinopterus-type taxa, six tapejarids, five chaoyangopterids and seven 
> istiodactylids (among others). This is vastly inflated compared to other 
> formations - even rich lagerstatte like Solnhofen or the Smoky Hill Chalk - 
> and the likelihood that we can actually recognise each taxon is slim once 
> ontogeny, dimorphism, individual variation, taphonomy and diagenesis are 
> taken into account. Such propensity for naming every _slightly different_ 
> animal hasn't been seen since the 1800s, and it's making dealing with Chinese 
> pterosaurs - an undeniably important resource - increasingly difficult.
> Mark
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>>>> Ben Creisler <bscreisler@yahoo.com> 01/12/2011 17:24 >>>
> From: Ben Creisler
> bscreisler@yahoo.com 
> New online in the open access journal Anais da Academia Brasileira de 
> Ciencias:
> JIANG, Shunxing  and  WANG, Xiaolin (2011)
> A new ctenochasmatid pterosaur from the Lower Cretaceous, western Liaoning, 
> China.
> Anais da Academia Brasileira de Ciencias 83 (4): 1243-1249. ISSN 0001-3765.
> http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0001-37652011000400011.
> http://www.scielo.br/scielo.php?script=sci_abstract&pid=S0001-37652011000400011&lng=en&nrm=iso&tlng=en
> free pdf:   http://www.scielo.br/pdf/aabc/v83n4/10.pdf 
> A nearly complete skull of a new ctenochasmatid pterosaur, Pterofiltrus qiui 
> gen. et sp. nov., from the Lower Cretaceous deposits of Liaoning, China, is 
> described here. The specimen (IVPP V12339), was collected from the shale of 
> the lower Yixian Formation (125 Ma) at the Zhangjiagou locality. It has the 
> following combination of characters: about 112 teeth in total (including the 
> upper and lower jaws); the dentition occupies more than 50% of the skull 
> length; the anterior teeth vary in size; the mandibular symphysis is longer 
> than half of the whole mandible length; in ventral view, an apparent 
> symphyseal trough in the median part of the symphysis.
> Note: The name is misspelled in the actual abstract and key words as 
> "Pterofiltus" but is officially Pterofiltrus in the body of the paper.