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Cite This Paper:.2012.[J].Acta Geologica Sinica(),86(6):1317-1325
A New Chinese Anurognathid Pterosaur and the Evolution of Pterosaurian Tail Lengths    Download PDF
Lü Junchang 1 *  David W.E. HONE2
1 Institute of Geology, Chinese Academy of Geological Sciences, Beijing 100037, China ;2 School of Biology and Environmental Sciences, University College Dublin, Dublin 4, Ireland
This research was supported by grants from the Natural Science Foundation of China (90914003; 40872017) and the Basic Outlay of Scientific Research Work from the Ministry of Science and Technology (2011-SYS-02).
      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.
Key words:Pterosauria, rhamphothynchoids, anurognathid, Dendrorhynchoides mutoudengensis, pterodactyloids, tail evolution
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