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Moganopterus, new boreopterid pterosaur from Early Cretaceous of China



From: Ben Creisler
bcreisler@gmail.com


A new paper in Acta Geologica Sinica:

LÜ Junchang, PU Hanyong, XU Li, WU Yanhua & WEI Xuefang (2012)
Largest Toothed Pterosaur Skull from the Early Cretaceous Yixian
Formation of Western Liaoning, China, with Comments on the Family
Boreopteridae.
Acta Geologica Sinica - English Edition, 86: 287–293.
doi: 10.1111/j.1755-6724.2012.00658.x
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1755-6724.2012.00658.x/abstract

Abstract:
A new pterosaur Moganopterus zhuiana gen. et sp. nov. is erected based
on a complete skull with lower jaws and anterior cervical vertebrae.
It is characterized by much elongated upper and lower jaws with at
least 62 total, long, curved teeth with sharp tips, a well developed
parietal crest extending posterodorsally, forming an angle of 15
degrees with the ventral margin of the skull, the ratio of length to
width of cervical vertebrae greater than 5:1. The skull length is 750
mm, and it is the largest toothed pterosaur found so far in the world.
Based on this new pterosaur, the Boreopteridae can be divided into two
subgroups: Boreopterinae sub-fam. nov. and Moganopterinae sub-fam.
nov., which is also confirmed by the phylogenetic analysis.