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RE: Aurorazhdarcho, new azhdarchoid pterosaur from Late Jurassic, Germany

If it's a new "Family," there's no way it can be called what it says in the 
abstract. Sigh.


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> Date: Mon, 24 Oct 2011 18:36:18 -0400
> From: bh480@scn.org
> To: dinosaur@usc.edu
> Subject: Aurorazhdarcho, new azhdarchoid pterosaur from Late Jurassic, Germany
> From: Ben Creisler
> bh480@scn.org
> I’ve decided to start posting to the DML again after a rather unhappy
> misunderstanding connected with a mainstream media news link a few weeks
> back. Here’s a new taxon I don’t think has been mentioned yet:
> Eberhard Frey, Christian A. Meyer and Helmut Tischlinger (2011)
> The oldest azhdarchoid pterosaur from the Late Jurassic Solnhofen Limestone
> (Early Tithonian) of Southern Germany
> Swiss Journal of Geosciences (advance online publication)
> DOI: 10.1007/s00015-011-0073-1
> http://www.springerlink.com/content/61868527r22q5605/
> Based on an almost complete three-dimensionally preserved skeleton, a new
> genus and species of an azhdarchoid pterosaur Aurorazhdarcho primordius
> n.gen. n.sp. from the Late Jurassic Solnhofen limestone (Early Tithonian)
> of the Eichstätt area (Bavaria, Germany) is described. Furthermore, a new
> family the Protazhdarchidae is proposed. The specimen is attributed to the
> Azhdarchoidea based on its glenoid fossa level with the sternum, the
> shovel-like shape of the sternal plate, the wide furca of the coracoid, the
> metacarpus being longer than radius and ulna, the femur being 1/3 longer
> than the humerus, the femorotibial ratio, and the hammer-shaped humerus
> among other diagnostic features. Under UV-light, soft tissue preservation
> around the external mould of the head is visible. It consists of tiny
> flakes possibly remnants of skin. The dorsally curved outline of the
> external mould of the head suggests the presence of a cranial crest. The
> new species is the oldest record of the azhdarchoid pterosaurs. It supports
> the Eurasian origin of this group that includes the largest flying animal
> ever.
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