Wednesday, March 5, 2014

[Paleontology • 1982] Huanhepterus quingyangensis • On a new Pterosauria from the Zhidan Group in the Ordos Basin, Gansu, China

Huanhepterus quingyangensis 
illustration: Marco A. Pineda

A new pterosaur is described from the Zhidan Group in the Ordos Basin, Huanhepterus quingyangensis gen. et sp. nov. Its characters resemble those of Gnathosaurus from the Late Jurassic of Europe, thereby providing evidence for the age of the Huachihaunhe Fm. in the Zhidan Group.

Etymology: Genus name Huanhe, Pinyin Chinese for the Huanhe River, one of the larger tributaries of the Jinghe River in Eastern Gansu Province. The species name qingyang commemorates the county in which the locality occurs.

Dong, Z.-M. 1982. On a new Pterosauria (Huanhepterus quingyangensis sp.nov.) from Ordos, China. Vertebrata Palasiatica. 20(2): 115-121.