Another short post with a nice picture attached, but hey, it is of a fantastic pterosaur. This is the great T. navigens first described as recently as 2003 though it has slipped into the mainstream conciousness of dinosaur research with the other Tapejara species (I should point out here that the actual taxonomy of Tapejara is in a state of flux at the moment, but will probably be sorted out soon with several species getting new generic assignments).
Anywhere, here is the skull (and indeed the whole thing as this is all we have). I have shown a close up of this before to show off the detail of how the skull bones fuse and run into the soft tissues on the upper part but this is the whole thing. As you can see the top is missing and the lower jaw is done, so it’s more ‘most of a skull’ than a skull, but the preservation is very good and when you get in close there’s tons of information there and parts are well preserved in 3-D. I’ve some photos of Ludodactylus I must dig out at some point for the site. Dino Frey at the Karlsruhe museum of natural history is kind enough to let me use my photos of stuff in their collections on my blog which is great for pterosaur fans as they have so many great pieces.