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Re: New Rhamphorhynchus species from Kimmeridge Clay, Jurassic of England

Ben Creisler <bcreisler@gmail.com> wrote:

> A new online paper (I can't determine yet if the new species is named
> in the paper):

A new species is indeed named; it is _Rhamphorhynchus etchesi_ sp. nov.

This study also regards _Qinglongopterus_ and _Bellubrunnus_
(incorrectly spelled "Bellebrunnus") as similar enough to
_Rhamphorhynchus_ to be considered junior synonyms.

> Michael O'Sullivan & David M. Martill (2015)
> Evidence for the presence of Rhamphorhynchus (Pterosauria:
> Rhamphorhynchinae) in the Kimmeridge Clay of the UK.
> Proceedings of the Geologists' Association (advance online
> publication) Show more
> doi:10.1016/j.pgeola.2015.03.003
> http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0016787815000322
> The second pterosaur genus to be established, Rhamphorhynchus von
> Meyer, 1847, has historically been used as a wastebasket material.
> Several species have been erected for fossils found in Europe and
> Africa, the majority of which are based on non-diagnostic material.
> Following Bennett's (1996) review of its taxonomy, Rhamphorhynchus is
> generally regarded as a monospecific taxon restricted to the Late
> Kimmeridgian and Tithonian of Southern Germany. Here we describe a
> disarticulated but complete right pterosaur wing, MJML K-1597 from the
> Kimmeridge Clay Formation of England. Based on a combination of
> morphology and statistical analysis, MJML K-1597 can safely be
> referred to Rhamphorhynchus, making it the first diagnostic
> Rhamphorhynchus specimen from outside of Germany. Furthermore, based
> on the unique length ratio between wing phalanx 1 and wing phalanx 2,
> MJML K-1597 can be referred to a new species of Rhamphorhynchus.