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Rhamphorhynchus with soft tissue, stomach contents, coprolite (free pdf)



Ben Creisler
bcreisler@gmail.com

A new open access paper:

David Hone, Donald M. Henderson, François Therrien & Michael B. Habib (2015)
A specimen of Rhamphorhynchus with soft tissue preservation, stomach
contents and a putative coprolite.
PeerJ 3:e1191
doi: https://dx.doi.org/10.7717/peerj.1191
https://peerj.com/articles/1191/

Despite being known for nearly two centuries, new specimens of the
derived non-pterodactyloid pterosaur Rhamphorhynchus continue to be
discovered and reveal new information about their anatomy and
palaeobiology. Here we describe a specimen held in the collections of
the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology, Alberta, Canada that shows
both preservation and impressions of soft tissues, and also preserves
material interpreted as stomach contents of vertebrate remains and,
uniquely, a putative coprolite. The specimen also preserves additional
evidence for fibers in the uropatagium.