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Gargantuavis a bird, not a pterosaur



From: Ben Creisler
bh480@scn.org

A new online article:

Eric Buffetaut and Jean Le Loeuff (2011)
Gargantuavis philoinos: Giant bird or giant pterosaur? 
Annales de Paléontologie (advance online publication)
doi:10.1016/j.annpal.2011.05.002
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0753396911000061

Gargantuavis philoinos was described as a giant terrestrial bird on the
basis of various postcranial elements (synsacrum and pelvis, femur) from
Late Cretaceous (Campanian-Maastrichtian) localities in Southern France. It
has recently been suggested that these remains in fact belong to giant
pterosaurs. A detailed comparison between bones referred to Gargantuavis
and the corresponding skeletal elements of pterosaurs reveals considerable
differences and confirms the avian nature of Gargantuavis. The broad pelvis
of Gargantuavis is similar to that of various extinct graviportal
terrestrial birds.


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