Germanodactylus cristatus ventral reconstruction

Every so often
old reconstructions get updated. This time Germanodactylus cristatus gets the treatment with a new ventral view, matching the exposure of the cervicals and anterior dorsals (Fig. 1).

Figure 1. Germanodactylus cristatus in ventral view, wings outspread.

Figure 1. Germanodactylus cristatus in ventral view, wings and legs outspread. in that configuration the legs act as horizontal stabilizers and create their own lift. The torso appears to have been wider than deep. The prepubes were fused medially. The pelvis and three toes are conjectural based on matrix impressions, perhaps buried bones.

Note
the femoral heads are nearly at right angles to the femoral shafts. This gives the hind limbs more of an erect configuration, which may have aided this taxon in terrestrial stalking, something we talked about earlier here.

Figure 2. Germanodactylus cristatus in lateral view, bipedal/quadrupedal configuration.

Figure 2. Germanodactylus cristatus in lateral view, bipedal/quadrupedal configuration. The pelvis and three toes are based on matrix impressions.

References
Plieninger F 1901. Beiträge zur Kenntnis der FlugsaurierPaläontographica 48, 65–90 and pls 4–5.
Wellnhofer P 1970. Die Pterodactyloidea (Pterosauria) der Oberjura-Plattenkalke Süddeutschlands. Abhandlungen der Bayerischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, N.F., Munich 141: 1-133.
Wiman C 1925. Aus dem Leber der Flugsaurier. Bulletin of the Geological Insititute of the University of Uppsala 19: 115-127.

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