Short note on a new anurognathid pterosaur with evidence of perching behaviour from Jianchang of Liaoning Province, China
Published on 2017-09-07T11:25:38Z (GMT) by
A new anurognathid pterosaur, <i>Versperopterylus lamadongensis</i> 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 <i>Versperopterylus</i> indicates that it had arboreal habitats. The discovery of <i>Versperopterylus lamadongensis</i> from the Jiufotang Formation strongly expands the geological age range for anurognathid pterosaurs.
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Lü, J.; Meng, Q.; Wang, B.; Liu, D.; Shen, C.; Zhang, Y. (2017): Short note on a new anurognathid pterosaur with evidence of perching behaviour from Jianchang of Liaoning Province, China. Geological Society of London.