A new pterosaur appears

This is a bit of an odd post, but one I had to share. I got an e-mail from Helmut Tischlinger late last night saying that press release was going out in Germany featuring a new pterosaur. It’s from Wattendorf, is being worked on for a description at the moment and it apparently going on display today at the Bamberg museum. That’s all I know. I’m assuming it’s from the Solnhofen proper and it’s clearly a pterodactyloid and most likely a ctenochasmatid based on those fantastic jaws.

However, it looks superb and Helmut was good enough to share this photo (on which he retains the copyright, do not reproduce etc. without permission) with me which he gave me permission to put up here. So here it is, enjoy.

New pterosaur. Image copyright Helmut Tischlinger.

9 Responses to “A new pterosaur appears”

  1. 1 himmapaan 25/08/2012 at 5:03 pm

    That is just beautiful.

  2. 2 kereng 25/08/2012 at 8:24 pm

    Spiegel online says, the Wattendorf fossils are 100.000 to 500.000 years older than those at Solnhofen:

  3. 4 palaeosam 25/08/2012 at 11:28 pm

    Splendid high-def picture. Am I seeing that right: the 2 halves of the skull spreading apart at the tip of the snout?

    • 5 David Hone 26/08/2012 at 7:52 am

      Yes that is what’s happening and I’m assuming it’s natural. Isolated jaws of Ctenochasma show the same sort of layout such that the jaws look rather like those of a spoonbill.

  4. 6 Henrique Niza 27/08/2012 at 9:52 pm

    I have read the pterosaur has remains of fish in its stomach, is that right? I don’t think they’re visible in the picture if that’s true.

  5. 8 Nathan Rogers 28/10/2012 at 4:03 am

    What an amazing fossil! I made an attempt at reconstructing the living animal, and would love to hear any comments or critiques from the community:


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