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Short note on a new anurognathid pterosaur with evidence of perching behaviour from Jianchang of Liaoning Province, China

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Junchang Lü
Junchang Lü
Institute of Geology, Chinese Academy of Geological Sciences, Beijing 100037, ChinaKey Laboratory of Stratigraphy and Palaeontology, Ministry of Land and Resources of China, Beijing 100037, China
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Qingjin Meng
Qingjin Meng
Beijing Museum of Natural History, Beijing 100050, China
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Baopeng Wang
Baopeng Wang
Beijing Museum of Natural History, Beijing 100050, China
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Di Liu
Di Liu
Beijing Museum of Natural History, Beijing 100050, China
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Caizhi Shen
Caizhi Shen
Institute of Geology, Chinese Academy of Geological Sciences, Beijing 100037, ChinaKey Laboratory of Stratigraphy and Palaeontology, Ministry of Land and Resources of China, Beijing 100037, China
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Yuguang Zhang
Yuguang Zhang
Beijing Museum of Natural History, Beijing 100050, China
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Published:
January 01, 2018

Abstract:

A new anurognathid pterosaur, Vesperopterylus lamadongensis gen. et sp. nov., is erected based on a complete skeleton with a skull preserved. It is characterized by two short distinct ridges present on the ventral surface of the cervical vertebrae; coracoids slightly longer than scapula; humerus, wing phalanx 3 and tibia nearly the same in length; grooves clearly present on the posterior surface of the wing phalanges 1–3; and the first toe reversed. It is the first anurognathid pterosaur from China with a definitively short tail, and the first pterosaur with a reversed first toe. The reversed first toe of Vesperopterylus indicates that it had arboreal habitats. The discovery of Vesperopterylus lamadongensis from the Jiufotang Formation strongly expands the geological age range for anurognathid pterosaurs.

Supplementary material: The character list and data matrix for phylogenetic analysis are available at https://doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.c.3873394

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Geological Society, London, Special Publications

New Perspectives on Pterosaur Palaeobiology

D.W. E. Hone
D.W. E. Hone
Queen Mary University of London, UK
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M. P. Witton
M. P. Witton
University of Portsmouth, UK
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D. M. Martill
D. M. Martill
University of Portsmouth, UK
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The Geological Society of London
Volume
455
ISBN electronic:
9781786203366
Publication date:
January 01, 2018

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