World’s Largest Southern Hemisphere Pterosaur – Tropeognathus

Restoration of the world's largest southern hemisphere pterosaur, Tropeognathus

Figure 1. Restoration of the world’s largest southern hemisphere pterosaur, Tropeognathus. Wish they had oriented the hind limbs laterally. The elbow appears to be overextended. And the fingers are not oriented palmar side ventrally.

Just published and available free online (Kellner et al. 2013) bits and pieces (nothing complete or articulated), the world’s largest southern hemisphere pterosaur, Tropeognathus, a crested ornithocheirid from the Early Cretaceous. My, what a big crest you have!

Other than the model maker’s problems (see caption), the paper got it right. Good job.

Kellner et al. 2013. The largest flying reptile from Gondwana: a new specimen of Tropeognathus cf. T. mesembrinus Wellnhofer, 1987 (Pterodactyloidea, Anhangueridae) and other large pterosaurs from the Romualdo Formation, Lower Cretaceous, Brazil. Anais da Academia Brasileira de Ciências (2013) 85(1): 113-135. (Annals of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences) Printed version ISSN 0001-3765 / Online version ISSN 1678-2690.

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