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A wing metacarpal from Italy and its implications for latest Cretaceous pterosaur diversity

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Fabio M. Dalla Vecchia
Fabio M. Dalla Vecchia
Soprintendenza per i Beni Archeologici del Friuli Venezia Giulia, Nucleo Operativo di Udine, Via Zanon, 22 I-33100 Udine, Italy
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Published:
January 01, 2018

Abstract:

An incomplete bone from the latest Cretaceous dinosaur site of Villaggio del Pescatore (Trieste Province, Italy) is definitely a wing metacarpal of a pterodactyloid pterosaur. It represents the only Italian Cretaceous pterosaur remains known, as well as the only pterosaur from the Adriatic Carbonate Platform. With an estimated minimum length of 136 mm, it belongs to a relatively small individual relative to the standard of latest Cretaceous pterodactyloids. It is not as elongated and gracile as azhdarchid wing metacarpals and shows a mix of features found in Pteranodon and some more basal pterodactyloids. It is one of the very few remains of putative non-azhdarchid pterosaurs from the upper Campanian–Maastrichtian worldwide and supports the view that the Azhdarchidae were not the only pterosaur clade existing during latest Cretaceous times.

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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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