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Remains of a Late Cretaceous pterosaur from the Molecap Greensand of Western Australia
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Earth Sciences, Department of Earth Sciences, Palaeobiology.
2010 (English)In: Alcheringa, ISSN 0311-5518, Vol. 34, no 3, 273-279 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Pterosaur remains are very rare in Australasia and especially in Upper Cretaceous strata. Thus, the discovery of a jaw fragment from the Cenomanian-Coniacian Molecap Greensand near Gingin in Western Australia represents an important new stratigraphical occurrence for the region. Although the teeth are not preserved, the presence of labio-lingually compressed alveoli that are anterolaterally oriented, variable in shape/size (inferring heterodonty) and very widely spaced is reminiscent of ornithocheiridsa geographically cosmopolitan clade of predominantly Early Cretaceous pterodactyloids. If correct, this identification could extend the known range of Ornithocheiridae through to the Late Cretaceous in the Southern Hemisphere.

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2010. Vol. 34, no 3, 273-279 p.
Keyword [en]
Ornithocheiridae, Biogeography, Molecap Greensand, Cenomanian-Coniacian, high-latitude, Gondwana
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Earth and Related Environmental Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-135421DOI: 10.1080/03115511003661651ISI: 000281065400006OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-135421DiVA: diva2:375013
Available from: 2010-12-07 Created: 2010-12-06 Last updated: 2010-12-08Bibliographically approved

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