A New Chinese Anurognathid Pterosaur and the Evolution of Pterosaurian Tail Lengths

[No Value] Lu Junchang, David W. E. Hone

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Abstract

A new anurognathid pterosaur specimen from the Middle Jurassic Tiaojishan Formation of Qinglong, northern Hebie Province is described. The new specimen is referred to Dendrorhynchoides, based on the general morphology of the skeleton, but it represents a new species, named here as Dendrorhynchoides mutoudengensis sp. nov.. It is characterized by the presence of short, robust and straight teeth, and bearing wing metacarpal approximately 40% of the length of humerus. The new specimen provides further osteological information for anurognathid pterosaurs, especially the presence of a relatively elongate tail.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1317-1325
Number of pages9
JournalActa Geologica Sinica
Volume86
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2012

Keywords

  • Pterosauria
  • rhamphothynchoids
  • anurognathid
  • Dendrorhynchoides mutoudengensis
  • pterodactyloids
  • tail evolution
  • NORTHEASTERN CHINA
  • INNER-MONGOLIA

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