Ornithocheirus

ornithocheirus

Another from the Cobbett files, this time a beautiful rendering of Ornithocheirus. There is a post in the offing about pterosaurian taxonomy and this genus is a classic example where problematic fossils contribute to all kinds of problems of definitions and diagnoses further down the line and just add to the confusion. Still, it’s a nice picture, so that’s all that matters.

4 Responses to “Ornithocheirus”


  1. 1 Zach Miller 03/01/2009 at 2:28 pm

    See, now this animal has a “cheek,” whereas the Pteranodon didn’t.

  2. 2 Darren Naish 04/01/2009 at 8:48 pm

    I hate to be a kill-joy, but how can use you use the word ‘beautiful’ in connection with this restoration? It contains some pretty nasty anatomical violations. Most offensive: the ear has been placed within the supratemporal fenestra! Ouch, that’s bad.

  3. 3 David Hone 04/01/2009 at 9:26 pm

    1. It’s beautiful cos I think it looks nice.

    2. Many of the anatyomical issues are my fault since the guidelines I gave were vague, done froma distance and at short notice (I think Andrea knocked them all off in a day).


  1. 1 That tricky pterosaurian taxonomy « Dave Hone’s Archosaur Musings Trackback on 09/01/2009 at 8:39 am
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