An unusual modification of the jaws in cf. Alanqa, a mid-Cretaceous azhdarchid pterosaur from the Kem Kem beds of Morocco

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    Abstract

    A jaw bone attributed to the mid-Cretaceous azhdarchid pterosaur Alanqa saharica Ibrahim et al., 2010 is described. The new specimen from the Kem Kem beds of south eastern Morocco is unusual for the presence of expanded rostral bones that protrude above the occlusal surface of the jaws. The function of this unusual osteological modification is uncertain, but it is considered likely that it served a role in food processing, or perhaps jaw stability.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)59-67
    Number of pages9
    JournalCretaceous Research
    Volume53
    Early online date25 Nov 2014
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2015

    Keywords

    • Pterosauria
    • azhdarchidae
    • feeding
    • Cretaceous
    • Morocco

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