Additional evidence for very large wing-span pterosaurs in the Wessex Formation (Early Cretaceous, Barremian) of southern England

David M. Martill, Robert A. Coram

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    Abstract

    A partial distal left metacarpal IV of a pterodactyloid pterosaur is notable for its size. The specimen, from the Early Cretaceous (Barremian) Wessex Formation exposed on the southwest coast of the Isle of Wight, southern England is identified as an ornithocheirid, perhaps close to the Ornithocheirus, Coloborhynchus, Caulkicephalus, Anhanguera complex. A morphometric analysis suggests an original wing span of approximately 5.6 m. With an early Barremian age, this pterosaur would have been a giant for its time.
    Original languageEnglish
    Number of pages8
    JournalProceedings of the Geologists' Association
    Early online date24 May 2019
    DOIs
    Publication statusEarly online - 24 May 2019

    Keywords

    • pterosauria
    • early cretaceous
    • Southern England

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