Sunday, July 22, 2012

[Paleontology] Preondactylus bufarinii • A pterosaur (Reptilia, Pterosauria) from the Upper Triassic (Norian) of Friuli, Italy

Preondactylus bufarinii (Wild 1983) 
Illustration: Robert Back

Preondactylus bufarinii (Wild 1983) Norian, Late Triassic, ~205 mya was considered by Unwin (2003) to be the most basal pterosaur. It is not. Derived from a sister to the Italian specimen of AustriadactylusPreondactylus phylogenetically preceded Dimorphodon.







Dalla Vecchia FM 1998. New observations on the osteology and taxonomic status of Preondactylus buffarinii Wild, 1984 (Reptilia, Pterosauria), Boll. Soc. Paleont. It., 36(3, 1997): 355-366

Wild R 1984. A new pterosaur (Reptilia, Pterosauria) from the Upper Triassic (Norian) of Friuli, Italy, Gortiana — Atti Museo Friuliano di Storia Naturale 5:45-62.

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