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First pterosaur fossil from Scotland



Ben Creisler
bcreisler@gmail.com

A new online paper:

Lorna Steel & Michael O'Sullivan (2014)
A Scottish pterosaur in London: the first record of Pterosauria from
the Upper Jurassic (Kimmeridgian) of Eathie (Ross and Cromarty),
Scotland.
Historical Biology (advance online publication)
DOI:10.1080/08912963.2014.961063
http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/08912963.2014.961063#.VCl1LfldXTo



A pterosaur wing phalange from the Kimmeridgian of Eathie (Ross and
Cromarty) is identified as the first pterosaur to have been collected
in Scotland. The specimen was acquired by the British Museum (Natural
History) in 1888, but an old collector's label gives the date of
collection as 1850. The handwriting matches that of Charles W. Peach
(1800–1886), who later became better known for his fossil fish and
plant collections, which still exist in the Natural History Museum,
London, and other museums. Peach collected this pterosaur specimen
during his first year of working in Scotland, and it was probably one
of his earliest finds of north of the border. Pterosaur remains are
exceptionally rare in Scotland and otherwise unknown from this
particular site, so this newly recognised specimen is a significant
addition to the Scottish fossil record. It is also among the earliest
UK pterosaur finds, post-dating Mary Anning's discovery of Dimorphodon
by just over two decades.