Solnhofen wall

One thing I was not aware of before my first visit to the Carnegie is that they have a superb collection of Solnhofen material. Better yet, there is a major display of this alongside the Jurassic dinosaurs in the form of a massive case that is literally crammed full of fossils. Naturally this is dominated by fish of various sizes, but there are other things like turtles, plants, insects and the like. Obviously for me, I was pleased to see several pterosaurs including this rather nice and near complete Pterodactylus below.

9 Responses to “Solnhofen wall”


  1. 1 Robert A. Sloan 12/11/2011 at 9:58 pm

    Beautiful. Makes me want to visit the Carnegie someday. Thanks for posting your great photos.

  2. 3 mattvr 12/11/2011 at 10:46 pm

    Is it just me or does that pterodactylus look like it’s just been told to ‘fetch!’

  3. 5 Matt Martyniuk 13/11/2011 at 7:01 pm

    Pterodactylus micronyx, no? What’s the status of this taxon? I heard it’s likely a juvenile Gnathosaurus subulatus.

    • 6 David Hone 13/11/2011 at 7:49 pm

      Not sure quite what it is. Chris Bennett did push P. micronyx towards Gnathosaurus, but never formally made that revision and other people have been dabbling in the area without doing much in the way of really sorting it out (and Chris redacted at least some of his revisions in a later paper, though not this one I don’t think). The short version is that ‘Pterodactylus’ is actually still a bit of a mess.

      • 7 Jason Sterling 19/11/2011 at 1:42 am

        Why is it lacking uropatagium?

      • 8 David Hone 19/11/2011 at 7:45 am

        Do you mean this specimen, the genus, or pterodactyloids in general?

        If the former then simply they are really rare and almost never preserve, there’s only really a half dozen specimens with decent traces and only a couple that seem to show a whole one. It’s no surprise its not here when more robust things like the main wing or pycnofibers are absent.


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