Sunday, January 8, 2012

Pterosaur.net research 2011

About this time last year I put together a little post about all the work that had been done by various members of the P.net team over the previous 12 months. Obviously we continue to carry out and publish research and are involved in conferences and the like. I thought it fun to carry on with this pattern, so here is what we've put together from 2011. It's rather less than last year quite simply because we'd had the Flugsaurier meeting in Beijing which naturally resulted in an additional glut of abstracts. Even so there's a good mixture of conference material and real research papers here and it covers quite a range of pterosaur subject including flight, ecology, taxonomy, anatomy and even history of research.

Here's to the pterosaurs of 2012.


Andres, B., Howard, L., & Steel, L. 2011. Owen’s pterosaurs, old fossils shedding light on new clads. Symposium for Vertebrate Palaeontology and Comparative Anatomy (SVPCA), Lyme Regis, UK.

Chapman, S. & Steel, L. 2011. Reptiles from the Lower Lias of the Dorset Coast and Mary Anning. Symposium for Vertebrate Palaeontology and Comparative Anatomy (SVPCA), Lyme Regis, UK.

K. Eck, R.A. Elgin & E. Frey. On the osteology of Tapejara wellnhoferi KELLNER 1989 and the first occurrence of a multiple specimen assemblage from the Santana Formation, Araripe Basin, NE-Brazil. Swiss Journal of Palaeontology, DOI: 10.1007/s13358-011-0024-5

Elgin, R.A., & H.B.N. Campos. A new specimen of the azhdarchoid pterosaur Tapejara wellnhoferi. Historical Biology, DOI: 10.1080/08912963.2011.613467

Elgin, R.A., & E. Frey. A new ornithocheirid, Barbosania gracilirostris gen. et sp. nov. (Pterosauria, Pterodactyloidea) from the Santana Formation (Cretaceous) of NE Brazil. Swiss Journal of Palaeontology, DOI: 10.1007/s13358-011-0017-4

Elgin, R.A., & E. Frey. A nearly complete ornithocheirid pterosaur from the Crato Formation (Aptian, Early Cretaceous) of NE Brazil. Acta Palaeontologica Polonica DOI:10.4202/app.2010.0079

Elgin & E. Frey. A new azhdarchoid pterosaur from the Cenomanian (Late Cretaceous) of Lebanon. Swiss Journal of Geoscience, DOI: 10.1007/s00015-011-0081-1

*Elgin, R.A., Hone, D.W.E. & Frey, E. 2011. The extent of the pterosaur flight membrane. Acta Palaeontologica Polonica, 56: 99-111.

Habib, M. 2011. Functional Morphology of Anurognathid Pterosaurs. GSA Northeast Regional Conference •2011.

Habib, M. Solving the pterosaur size problem: Quadrupedal launch in the Pterosauria. Los Angeles County Museum

Hone, D.W.E., Naish, D. & Cuthill, I.C. Cranial ornamentation and sexual selection in pterosaurs and non-avian dinosaurs. Lethaia, in press.

Hone, D.W.E. A new specimen of the pterosaur Rhamphorhynchus. Historical Biology, in press.

Hone, D.W.E., Henderson, D.M. & Palmer, C. 2011. Investigating the buoyancy and floating posture of pterosaurs. Symposium for Vertebrate Palaeontology and Comparative Anatomy (SVPCA), Lyme Regis, UK.

Lawlor, E., Beardmore, S., Hone, D.W.E., & Orr, P. 2011. Skeletal taphonomy of pterosaurs from the Late Jurassic of Germany. Symposium for Vertebrate Palaeontology and Comparative Anatomy (SVPCA), Lyme Regis, UK.

Sweetman, S.C., Martill, D.M. & Witton, M.P. 2011. Pterosaurs. In
Batten, D.J. (ed.). English Wealden fossils. Palaeontological
Association, London, Field Guide to Fossils, 14, 769 pp.

Witton, M.P. 2011. The pectoral girdle of Dimorphodon macronyx
(Pterosauria, Dimorphodontidae) and the terrestrial abilities of
non-pterodactyloid pterosaurs. SVPCA 2011 Programme & Abstracts, Lyme
Regis, 2011, 22.

Witton, M.P. & Maclean-Henry, G. 2011. Additional details on the
skull of Istiodactylus latidens and the palaeoecology of istiodactylid
pterosaurs. SVPCA 2011 Programme & Abstracts, Lyme Regis, 2011, 28.

*Came out in 2010 and we talked about it then but, well, it does have a 2011 date on it.

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