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

The paper gets a little more odd. Averianov's taxonomic treatment of
azhdarchids and near-azhdarchids is confused by his referral of all
specimens from single localities to singular taxa. This is helped in
some cases by lumping not just taxa together but also localities, in
which the mere formational presence of an azhdarchid/azhdarchoid
results in its referral to an older taxon, as though distribution in
time through the formation (often of significant effect, as in the
Dinosaur Park Formation) means little. One must take the taxonomic
treatment of these taxa in this paper with some large grains of salt.

On Mon, Aug 18, 2014 at 10:45 AM, Mike Habib <biologyinmotion@gmail.com> wrote:
> Thanks to Ben, as always, for the heads up on a new paper.
> I just read through the paper this morning, and it is a rather exhaustive 
> review of localities and specimens, which is really useful. I am, however, 
> perplexed by the comment that azhdarchids were “most common in nearshore 
> marine paleoenvironments” (in the abstract and the discussion of the 
> manuscript) given that 65% of the remains are from environments other than 
> coastal marine. Sure, the 35% coastal marine is the single largest category 
> given the way the taphonomic environments are split up, but if you were to 
> look at them as ecological settings, then the coastal systems would be split 
> into several categories and the lacustrine and fluvial plain deposits (for 
> example) might very well have been pretty similar places to live. Perhaps I 
> am missing something critical here (as I don’t do a lot of taphonomy), but it 
> seems like the breakdown really says “usually preserved by water, and can be 
> inland or marine, because there were all over the place”.
> Thoughts?
> —Mike
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> On Aug 18, 2014, at 7:31 AM, Ben Creisler <bcreisler@gmail.com> wrote:
>> Ben Creisler
>> bcreisler@gmail.com
>> A new paper in open access:
>> 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-
>> 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.
>> News story:
>> http://www.pensoft.net/journals/zookeys/article/7913/review-of-taxonomy-geographic-distribution-and-paleoenvironments-of-azhdarchidae-pterosauria-

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