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Pterodactyloid pterosaur from Brazil at CosmoCaixa Science Museum in Barcelona



Ben Creisler
bcreisler@gmail.com

A new online paper:

Fabio M. Dalla Vecchia, Robert Bosch, Josep Fortuny & Àngel Galobart (2014)
The pterodactyloid pterosaur from the Lower Cretaceous of Brazil at
the CosmoCaixa Science Museum (Barcelona, Spain).
Historical Biology (advance online publication)
DOI:10.1080/08912963.2014.961449
http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/08912963.2014.961449#.VC1u-PldXTo

An apparently nearly complete and fairly well-articulated specimen of
a large toothed pterosaur from the Lower Cretaceous of Brazil is
exhibited at the CosmoCaixa – Museo de la Ciencia, Barcelona, Spain.
The museum label refers it to Anhanguera piscator and reports a
provenance from the Crato Formation. Its study shows that it is from
the Romualdo Formation and is an assembled and composite specimen over
45% reconstructed. The original skeletal elements show no diagnostic
feature of Anhanguera piscator, belong to non-tapejarid pterosaurs,
and do not furnish further significative scientific information.
Several mistakes were made in the reconstruction and assemblage of the
skeleton and some elements do not follow the proportions of Anhanguera
piscator. Care is suggested when describing pterosaur material from
the Romualdo Formation prepared and sold by private fossil dealers in
the absence of an adequate documentation on the original material and
its preparation.