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A pterosaur humerus and scapulocoracoid from the Jurassic Whitby Mudstone Formation, and the evolution of large body size in early pterosaurs

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Early Jurassic pterosaurs are rare and display low diversity with only three well known genera for a period of ∼21 million years duration. The Hettangian-Pliensbachian Dimorphodon reached a wingspan estimated at only 1.3 m, while the Lower Toarcian forms Dorygnathus and Campylognathoides reached wings spans of 1.8 m. Here we describe a new specimen of Toarcian pterosaur from the north east coast of England that may have achieved an estimated wingspan between 1.6 and 3.2 m.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)973-981
JournalProceedings of the Geologists' Association
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2013

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