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  1. Fossil News Summer 19 issue is available

    The Summer 2019 issue of Fossil News features the paleoart of Jimi Catanzaro, an article about late-Cretaceous pterosaurs in Cuba, more on that ammonite in amber you've been hearing so much about, an exclusive excerpt from Enrico Bonino’s new book about fossil medusozoans and how primitive algal mats helped preserve them, and a whole lot more! tinyurl.com/fnsubscribe
  2. We had two really great Dinosaur programs this week. We have two more Dino programs and a shark program next week too so things are rolling along very nicely for us. I did notice this week that we are missing out on an opportunity to give a broader picture of the paleoecology of the dinosaur era. The kids yesterday wanted to see Pterosaur and marine reptile fossils. We had a chance to really explain the difference between those reptiles and dinosaurs because we have yet to acquire those fossils. I wanted to open this topic to TFF members because I respect the knowledge of fossils and the animals that left the fossils behind that our friends have. We need to round out our programs and I need to begin learning more about dinosaur age animals that were not dinosaurs. We do have croc teeth that will start going with us and I am putting together a display of dinosaur era shark teeth to keep in the dino program bin. Now that I have a better handle on how much material we can fit into an hour long program, I can tighten up the program and find a few minutes to cover non dinosaurs. This is where we need your help. I want to know what critters from the age of dinosaurs you think we should be touching on. What animals do I need to start looking into getting fossil representatives from and what critters do i need to study ? I thought it might be really fun to get the opinions of our friends and have the great minds here contribute to the material cover. This is open to all forum members so give us your thoughts and knowledge. Help us further our education goals by creating a more well rounded program !
  3. Probably among the most spectacular creatures of all. So please show us your Pterosaurs material and if you can add a image of the creature thank you. Pterosaurs and dinosaurs belong to a group called the Archosauria, which includes crocodilians, dinosaurs (including birds) and pterosaurs. Archosaurs share a number of characteristics including a hole in the skull in front of the eye and teeth set in sockets. They were the first animals after insects to evolve powered flight, and the largest creatures ever to fly. The animals varied widely in size, from Nemicolopterus cryptus, which is about the size of a finch, to Quetzalcoatlus northropi which had a wingspan of more than 33 feet. Scientists and artists once imagined many ways that pterosaurs might move on land, including upside down in trees like bats, was a popular art motif in 1960s or 1970s many of these paintings have aged badly scientifically but still incredibly beautiful. Pterosaurs lived from 220 million years ago to 66 million years ago, when they were wiped out with the non-avian dinosaurs. This is my treasured specimen, small and not perfect but very rare from this location . Coloborhynchus from Bexhill Wealden UK . Coloborhynchus was a giant pterosaur flying reptile and the largest toothed pterosaur. Size of tooth: 1 cm in length. I hope to add to this post in the future. To end with a bad joke as a thank you for reading “Why can’t you hear a pterodactyl go to the bathroom. The “p” is silent. all the best Bobby
  4. volant reptiles,rumbling stomachs

    Bestwick_et_al-2018-Biological_Reviews.pdf Biol. Rev.(2018),93, pp. 2021 – 2048.2021doi: 10.1111/brv.12431Pterosaur dietary hypotheses: a review of ideas and approaches Jordan Bestwick, David M. Unwin, Richard J. Butler, Donald M. Hendersonand Mark A. Purnell less than 1,5 Mb
  5. IDs please on Moroccan teeth

    Hi I got a small box of fossil off a lady dog walker in the village last year. I did try and get some IDs before but I was new and did not know anybody on the forum . They was her late husbands . She said he got them in the 1990s on holiday in Africa and the box was labelled Morocco . Please if I could have an ID to label them and what the maybe from. Thank you so much Bobby.
  6. THE FLIGHT OF THE PTEROSAURS

    I recently received this book as well as some home-made cookies from a friend in Louisiana (not a Forum member). It's great and although it's for children is excellent fun and very informative. A recommended gift for kids and adults too.
  7. This Nature articles discusses new findings in the dietary habits of Pterosaurs and reveals that some pterosaurs ate insects and land vertebrates, not fish as had previously been assumed. https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-00080-y?utm_source=twt&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=naturenews&sf178337063=1
  8. Hundreds Of Eggs From Ancient Flying Reptile Are Found In China, The two-Way, NPR, November 30, 2017 https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/11/30/567225493/hundreds-of-eggs-from-ancient-flying-reptile-are-found-in-china Fossilised eggs shed light on reign of pterosaurs, BBC News http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-42177532 Hundreds of Fossilized Pterosaur Eggs Uncovered in China Trilobites Blog, New York Times, November 30, 2017 https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/30/science/pterosaur-eggs.html Pterosaurs, Flying Reptiles, Were a Social Lot, New York Times https://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/17/science/pterosaurs-flying-reptiles-were-a-social-lot.html Yours, Paul H.
  9. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/11032567/New-species-of-flying-dinosaur-discovered-in-Brazil.html Scientists have uncovered evidence of a colony of pterosaurs that lived around a desert lake in southern Brazil around 100 million years ago.Evidence of a colony of flying dinosaurs that lived around a desert lake in southern Brazil around 100 million years ago has been uncovered by scientists.Fossil remains of at least 47 of the previously unknown flying reptiles, with wingspans ranging from two to eight feet (0.65 - 2.35 metres), were discovered at Cruzeiro do Oeste in the southern state of Parana.Named Caiuajara dobruskii, the pterosaurs are the first to be found so far south in the country, said the study in PLOS ONE.The huge number of bones could represent hundreds of young and adult individuals, scientists believe.
  10. I'm curious. I've known that winged dragons are a common staple in folklore and legends in medieval Europe, but until recently I had no idea whether European winged dragons were based on fossils of extinct Mesozoic marine reptiles or pterosaurs. However, the pterosaur fossils found in Europe bear uncanny resemblance to the wyvern of English folklore. Is it possible that Europeans came upon specimens of pterodactyls when they crafted folktales about winged dragons?
  11. New Pterosaur Book

    The book "Pterosaurs" by Mark Witton just came out two months ago, and it's the most concise overview of pterosaur systematics since Peter Wellnhofer's 1991 handbook. The chapters on primitive pterosaurs (campylognathoidids, dimorphodontids, eudimorphodonts, as well as Preondactylus and Austriadactylus*) are particularly concise and up-to-date for now, but it's important to take note of minor updates to pterosaur taxonomy since Witton's book was accepted for publication: 1. Pterodactylus longicollum is now Ardeadactylus, and Pterodactylus micronyx is not a juvenile of P. longicollum, Gnathosaurus, or Ctenochasma elegans, but instead is the same species as Aurorazhdarcho based on shared characters listed by Bennett (2013). 2. Lonchodectes has been relegated to nomen dubium status (effectively rendering Lonchodectidae redundant), and all Mid-Cretaceous species of Lonchodectes placed in the new genus Lonchodraco and the new family Lonchodraconidae. New genus Cimoliopterus for "Pterodactylus" cuvieri and new genus Camposipterus for Mid-Cretaceous pterosaur species assigned to Coloborhynchus by Unwin (2001) (Rodriguez and Kellner 2013). Some pterosaur gurus may not agree with the opinions of Rodriguez and Kellner, but at least Rodriguez and Kellner made their decisions on grounds of stratigraphy. 3. Aerotitan, Vectidraco, and Eurazhdarcho have been described since the book went to press, while Piksi, Eurolimnornis and Palaeocursornis have been removed from Avaialae and moved to Pterosauria by Agnolin and Varrichio (2012). Federico L. Agnolin and David Varricchio (2012). "Systematic reinterpretation of Piksi barbarulna Varricchio, 2002 from the Two Medicine Formation (Upper Cretaceous) of Western USA (Montana) as a pterosaur rather than a bird". Geodiversitas 34 (4): 883–894. Bennett, S. C. (2013). "New information on body size and cranial display structures of Pterodactylus antiquus, with a revision of the genus".Paläontologische Zeitschrift 87 (2): 269–289. doi:10.1007/s12542-012-0159-8. edit Rodrigues, T.; Kellner, A. (2013). "Taxonomic review of the Ornithocheirus complex (Pterosauria) from the Cretaceous of England". ZooKeys 308: 1. doi:10.3897/zookeys.308.5559. edit *Andres (in press) has coined the name Eopterosauria to accomodate the most primitive pterosaurs. Andres, Brian Blake (2010). "A review of pterosaur phylogeny". In Martill, D., Unwin, D., & Loveridge, R. F. (eds). The Pterosauria. Cambridge University Press.
  12. Mark Witton is releasing a fabulous new book on Pterosaur anatomy and diversity. Obviously, since the release date is June 23rd, I haven't read it yet but it looks really really good. I'll be picking up a copy post-haste. You can find a detailed description of the book's contents and several sample chapters on here on Mark's site.
  13. Pterosaurs Were on the Menu For Ancient Fish and Dinosaurs Discover Magazine, March 9, 2012‎ http://blogs.discove...-and-dinosaurs/ and http://blogs.discove...r-and-both-die/ Fossils Caught in Deadly Embrace Have a Grisly Story to Tell by Max Eddy, March 9, 2012, http://www.geekosyst...y-fossil-story/ It's an ancient armored fish vs. a flying reptile by Charles Choi, msnbc.com - ‎March 9, 2012‎ http://www.msnbc.msn...cience-science/ Friday Fossil by Oliver Knevitt, March 9, 2012 http://www.science20...ay_fossil-87847 The paper is: Frey, E., and H. Tischlinger, 2012, The Late Jurassic Pterosaur Rhamphorhynchus, a Frequent Victim of the Ganoid Fish Aspidorhynchus? PLoS ONE 7(3): e31945. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0031945 http://www.plosone.o...al.pone.0031945 Other web pages: Aspidorhynchus - Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia..../Aspidorhynchus Rhamphorhynchus http://en.wikipedia....Rhamphorhynchus Best wishes, Paul H.
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