Monday, July 30, 2012

[Paleontology • 2008] Volgadraco bogolubovi • A New Late Cretaceous Azhdarchid (Pterosauria, Azhdarchidae) from the Volga Region, European Russia


Volgadraco bogolubovi 
by ~Olorotitan on @deviantART 

Abstract
A new azhdarchid genus and species, Volgadraco bogolubovi gen. et sp. nov., is described based on an anterior fragment of the mandibular symphysis (mandibular beak) and some postcranial elements from the Rybushka Formation (Upper Cretaceous, Lower Campanian) of the Shirokii Karamysh 2 locality, Saratov Region. The new taxon is intermediate in size and vascularization of the mandibular beak between mediumsized Turonian–Santonian azhdarchids (Azhdarcho, Bakonydraco) and the giant Maastrichtian azhdarchid Quetzalcoatlus.

Key words: Pterosauria, Azhdarchidae, new taxa, Cretaceous, Saratov Region, Russia.


 Averianov, A.O.; Arkhangelsky, M.S.; and Pervushov, E.M. 2008. A New Late Cretaceous Azhdarchid (Pterosauria, Azhdarchidae) from the Volga Region. Paleontological Journal. 42 (6): 634–642. DOI:10.1134/S0031030108060099.

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