Sunday, January 27, 2013

2012 Reach roundup for

Well we're well into 2013 now, so time to do a quick summary of the team's contribution to pterosaur research over the last 12 months or so. As usual, there's a good selection of material here covering new species and finds, reviews and summaries, ecology and behaviour and evolutionary studies. I maintain its important in the light of, shall we say, 'competing' sites on pterosaurs, that we show our activity in the scientific literature and the fact that we present our work publicly and put it through peer review (and those who work on pterosaurs will be well aware just how brutal this field in particular can be when it comes to reviews).

As this is a general sort of update post, I thought I'd put up a reminder that the 2013 Flugsaurier meeting in Rio has extended the deadline till the 31st of Jan, so you still have another week to get in your abstracts.On a very different note, I'm appealing for funds to support research into tyrannosaurs (not very pterosaur-y, but very outreach related) so if you can spare a few bucks or just have the time to tweet and blog this, please spread the word.


Habib M. in press. Constraining the Air Giants: Limits on size in flying animals as an example of constraint-based biomechanical theories of form. Biological Theory: Special Volume (X): XXX-XXX

Habib M. 2012. Mesozoic speed demons: flight performance of anurognathid pterosaurs
2012. ASB Annual Meeting, Gainesville

Hone, D.W.E. 2012. A new specimen of the pterosaur Rhamphorhynchus. Historical Biology, 24: 581-585. (This has been online since 2010 but is only now in print).

Hone, D.W.E. 2012. Pterosaur research: recent advances and a future revolution. Acta Geologica Sinica, 86: 1366-1376.

Hone, D.W.E., Naish, D. & Cuthill, I.C. 2012. Does mutual sexual selection explain the evolution of head crests in pterosaurs and dinosaurs? Lethaia, 45: 139-156.

Hone, D.W.E., Tischlinger, H., Frey, E. & Röper, M. 2012. A new non-pterodactyloid pterosaur from the Late Jurassic of Southern Germany. PLoS ONE, 7: e39312, 18p.

Hone, D.W.E., Tsuhiji, T., Watabe, M. & Tsogbataar, K. 2012. Pterosaurs as a food source for small dromaeosaurs. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 331: 27-30.

Hyder, E., Witton, M. P. and Martill, D. M. 2012. Evolution of the pterosaur pelvis. Acta Palaeontologica Polonica. [in press]

Naish, D., Simpson, M., & Dyke, G.J. 2012. A small-bodied azhdarchoid pterosaur from the Isle of Wight (UK): its implications for pterosaur phylogeny, anatomy, diversity and distribution. SVPCA (Oxford).

Knell, R., Naish, D., Tompkins, J.L. & Hone, D.W.E. 2012. Sexual selection in prehistoric animals: detection and implications. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, in press. (Not directly pterosaurian, but they do get a big mention and it includes an illustration by Mark too).

Lü, J-C. & Hone, D.W.E. 2012. A new Chinese anurognathid pterosaur and the evolution of pterosaurian tail lengths. Acta Geologica Sinica, 86: 1317-1325.

Martill, D. M., Sweetman, S. and Witton, M. P. 2012. Pterosaurs of the Wealden. Palaeontological Association Field Guide to Wealden fossils.

Steel, L. 2012. The pterosaur collections at the Natural History Museum, London, UK: an overview and list of specimens, with description of recent curatorial developments. Acta Geologica Sinica, 86: 1340-1355.

Witton, M. P. 2012. New insights into the skull of Istiodactylus latidens (Ornithocheiroidea, Pterodactyloidea). PLoS ONE, 7, e33170.


  1. I was just looking over my copy of Trends in ecology and evolution and wanted to congratulate Mark Whitton for the excellent cover illustration. That Pteranodon picture has long been one of my favs.

  2. Thanks. I see among the paper Mike Habib's one about Air Giant. I wait for it since he tease us last summer. Is this paper already available? I didn't find it on the publisher site.

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