Pteranodon flying low

There are far too few good pterosaur mounts in museums around the world, but admittedly with generally good reason. They are hard to model, there are few casts around, the interesting ones like Pteranodon are really quite big, and really you want them flying. That means mounting stuff on the ceiling which is difficult and even dangerous (well, public safety at least becomes an issue). And of course, much as I might loathe to admit it, they are just not as popular as dinosaurs. Still, there has been a slow but steady increase in the number of mounts like these turning up which is a good thing.

This particular one is in Eichstaett, and lovely it is too (thought the black Quetzalcoatlus above it is not half as nice). The mount is actually not far off the ground which make it easy to get a good look at it (I have seen an Anhanguera mounted about 5m off the ground in Frankfurt and you can barely see what is obviously a nice model) but the downside to this is that it’s very hard to get far enough away to get the whole thing in frame, as the last photo shows.

2 Responses to “Pteranodon flying low”

  1. 1 Matt Martyniuk 28/12/2010 at 1:37 am

    It looks like this is a copy of the standard Triebold cast based on CMNFV 41358 ( which is featured in many museums nowadays. I was just discussing this specimen over at DinoForum and some people reckon that rather than a female, this may actually be a very young male P. sternbergi based on the overbite which seems not to be present in true female skulls from the same strata like AMNH FR7515. What’s your take on this?

    • 2 David Hone 28/12/2010 at 9:01 am

      Well that is a sculpture, not a cast (as it says in your link) as can been seen from the surface of the mount. As for the identity, I don’t think Chris Bennett even commented on this, and really to say this is a female vs young male, you’d need to follow his characters and see what correlates there are for an overbite. The cast of the original specimen on the link does appear to show the mandible in ventral view, so it’s perfectly possible (from what I can see) that the end was longer than seen here.

      I’m really not up on this side of things and have never looked at Pteranodon in detail, but I would think that enough of Chris’ characters can be seen to make a diagnosis or check others for a correlation of lower jaw length.

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