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A Late Cretaceous Lonchodectid?

By Carlos Albuquerque

Posted 20 Dec 2019
bioRxiv DOI: 10.1101/2019.12.17.879783

A pterosaur ulnar specimen (NZMS CD 467) from the Mangahouanga Stream of New Zealand s North Island has been first described by Wiffen et al 1988. Assumed to belong to a Santanadactylus-like pterosaur, this taxon has not since been extensively described, with only a few tentative claims that it represents an azhdarchid. Here, I re-examine the specimen and compare it to other pterodactyloid taxa, noting peculiar features such as its plug-like (obdurate) ulnar end. Christened Parirau ataroa, this taxon is found to be a lonchodectid, which alongside the North American Navajodactylus boerei extends this clade into the world s youngest pterosaur faunas.

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