Dorsal Dsungaripterus


You might think that by now I’d have done Dsugnaripterus to death given the number of times I’ve covered or mentioned this taxon. However there is one last think (at least for now) well worth mentioning, and that’s the shape of the skull in dorsal view.The vast majority of pterosaurs are preserved without a good skull, or one that’s only seen in lateral view, or is rather badly broken or crushed. There are few that are complete and in near perfect 3D but I’ve never shown them before at least.

Here then is a pterosaur skull in dorsal view. Perhaps rather unsurprisingly, it’s more or less triangular with a long and tapering rostrum and a relatively squared off posterior end. While this might fit with your mental picture of the skull, it’s nice to actually see that it’s the case. Even so, the rostrum anterior to the nasoantorbital fenestra is rather narrower than you might expect and the bulges of the tooth roots seem to stick out a little to the sides which is interesting and you can see just how thin the midline saggital crest is. All good really.

4 Responses to “Dorsal Dsungaripterus”


  1. 1 Zach Miller 23/03/2011 at 5:27 pm

    It looks like the “roof” of the skull is much narrower than the bottom of it, in the way you can see the naso-antorbital fenestrae all the way up. So the skull might be triangular in cross-section too, eh?

  2. 3 Raven Amos 23/03/2011 at 8:55 pm

    Gah! Where was this photo months ago when I needed it for a painting? :D LOVELY, nay, UNBELIEVABLE preservation.


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