What a Wukongopterus!

Despite being published first (just) Wukongopterus was rather overshadowed by Darwinopterus. While both are clearly cut from a similar cloth, the lack of a good skull and neck for the former meant that while suspected, the modular nature couldn’t be confirmed. It’s not a bad specimen and despite being fundamentally flat, there’s a fair bit of 3D info here which should add significantly to our understanding of what is looking increasingly like a new clade of pterosaurs.

4 Responses to “What a Wukongopterus!”


  1. 1 220mya 10/03/2011 at 4:08 am

    Question just out of my pterosaur ignorance. What features distinguish the two taxa? The diagnosis in the Darwinopterus paper is unfortunately not differential.

    • 2 David Hone 10/03/2011 at 4:21 am

      Yep and that’s something I’ve looked at in a paper currently in review. They are distinguishable (though not by much) and one character I think is pretty good is that W. has cervical ribs on the whole series (that’s visible anyway) whereas D. only has them on the last one (which turns up in a few pterodactyloids actually). So I’m happy to provisionally regard them as different but someone really needs to look into this seriously as tomorrow’s post will demonstrate even more clearly.


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