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Cuspicephalus, new Jurassic pterosaur from England



From: Ben Creisler
bh480@scn.org


From: Ben Creisler
bh480@scn.org

New advance online paper (open access) from Acta Palaeontologica Polonica:

David M. Martill and Steve Etches (2011)
Acta Palaeontologica Polonica (in press)
doi:10.4202/app.2011.0071
http://app.pan.pl/article/item/app20110071.html

A new specimen of slender skulled monofenestratan pterosaur from the Late
Jurassic Kimmeridge Clay Formation of Dorset, UK, is referred to the new
genus and species Cuspicephalus scarfi. The dentition and posterior skull
morphology suggest affinities with Darwinopterus, but a close relationship
cannot be proved. There are also some similarities with the pterodactyloid
Germanodactylus cristatus, but the presence of teeth on the distal rostrum
excludes it from that genus. Pterosaur remains are rare in the Upper
Jurassic of the UK and this specimen represents the first significant
cranial remains of a pterosaur from the Kimmeridge Clay Formation, and
possibly the first non-pterodactyloid monofenestratan outside China.


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