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A new pterosaur specimen from the Upper Tunbridge Wells Sand Formation (Cretaceous, Valanginian) of southern England and a review of Lonchodectes sagittirostris (Owen 1874)

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A specimen of a pterodactyloid pterosaur from the Upper Tunbridge Wells Sand Formation (Early Cretaceous, Valanginian) of Bexhill, East Sussex, southern England is described. It comprises a small fragment of jaw with teeth, a partial vertebral column and associated incomplete wing bones. The juxtaposition of the bones suggests that the specimen was originally more complete and articulated. Its precise phylogenetic relationships are uncertain but it represents an indeterminate lonchodectid with affinities to Lonchodectes sagittirostris (Owen 1874) which is reviewed here, and may belong in Lonchodraco Rodrigues & Kellner 2013. This specimen is only the third record of pterosaurs from this formation.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNew perspectives on Pterosaur palaeobiology
EditorsD. W. E. Hone, M. P. Witton, D. M. Martill
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherGeological Society of London
Publication statusEarly online - 22 Feb 2017

Publication series

NameSpecial Publications
ISSN (Print)0305-8719
ISSN (Electronic)2041-4927

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