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Re: Azhdarchidae (Pterosauria) review monograph (free pdf)



Sorry for copy-and-paste error. There's the correct link for the news item:

http://phys.org/news/2014-08-toothless-dragon-pterosaurs-dominated-late.html

On Mon, Aug 18, 2014 at 7:31 AM, Ben Creisler <bcreisler@gmail.com> wrote:
> Ben Creisler
> bcreisler@gmail.com
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> A new paper in open access:
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>
> Alexander Averianov (2014)
> Review of taxonomy, geographic distribution, and paleoenvironments of
> Azhdarchidae (Pterosauria).
> ZooKeys 432: 1–107
> doi: 10.3897/zookeys.432.7913
> http://www.pensoft.net/journals/zookeys/article/7913/review-of-taxonomy-geographic-distribution-and-paleoenvironments-of-azhdarchidae-pterosauria-
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> The taxonomy, geographic distribution, and paleoenvironmental context
> of azhdarchid pterosaurs are reviewed. All purported pteranodontid,
> tapejarid, and azhdarchid specimens from the Cenomanian Kem Kem beds
> of Morocco are referred to a single azhdarchid taxon, Alanqa saharica.
> The four proposed autapomorphies of Eurazhdarcho langendorfensis from
> the lower Maastrichtian Sebeş Formation of Romania are based on
> misinterpretations of material and this taxon is likely a subjective
> junior synonym of Hatzegopteryx thambema. Among 54 currently reported
> azhdarchid occurrences (51 skeletal remains and 3 tracks) 13% are from
> lacustrine deposits, 17% from fluvial plain deposits, 17% from coastal
> plain deposits, 18% from estuarine and lagoonal deposits, and 35% from
> costal marine deposits. Azhdarchids likely inhabited a variety of
> environments, but were abundant near large lakes and rivers and most
> common in nearshore marine paleoenvironments.
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> News story:
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> http://www.pensoft.net/journals/zookeys/article/7913/review-of-taxonomy-geographic-distribution-and-paleoenvironments-of-azhdarchidae-pterosauria-