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Bellubrunnus, new Jurassic pterosaur from Germany
From: Ben Creisler
New in PLoS ONE:
David W. E. Hone, Helmut Tischlinger, Eberhard Frey & Martin Röper (2012)
A New Non-Pterodactyloid Pterosaur from the Late Jurassic of Southern Germany.
PLoS ONE 7(7): e39312.
The ‘Solnhofen Limestone’ beds of the Southern Franconian Alb,
Bavaria, southern Germany, have for centuries yielded important
pterosaur specimens, most notably of the genera Pterodactylus and
Rhamphorhynchus. Here we describe a new genus of non-pterodactyloid
pterosaur based on an extremely well preserved fossil of a young
juvenile: Bellubrunnus rothgaengeri (gen. et sp. nov.).
The specimen was examined firsthand by all authors. Additional
investigation and photography under UV light to reveal details of the
bones not easily seen under normal lighting regimes was completed.
This taxon heralds from a newly explored locality that is older than
the classic Solnhofen beds. While similar to Rhamphorhynchus, the new
taxon differs in the number of teeth, shape of the humerus and femur,
and limb proportions. Unlike other derived non-pterodacytyloids,
Bellubrunnus lacks elongate chevrons and zygapophyses in the tail, and
unlike all other known pterosaurs, the wingtips are curved anteriorly,
potentially giving it a unique flight profile.