Evolution of the Pterosaur Palate – part 8: Tapejaridae and Pteranodontidae

Earlier we looked at basal pterosaur palates, dimorphodontoid palates, campylognathoid palates, pre-azhdarchid palates, pre-ctenochasmatids, pre-ornithocheirids, and pre-Pterodactylus + Germanodactylus. Here in part 8 we’ll look at the pterosaur palate from Germanodactylus to Tapejara and Pteranodon (Fig. 1), following the phylogenetic order recovered in the large pterosaur tree).   Phobetor/Noripterus … Continue reading

Evolution of the Pterosaur Palate – part 7: Pterodactylus and Germanodactylus

Earlier we looked at basal pterosaur palates, dimorphodontoid palates, campylognathoid palates, pre-azhdarchid palates, pre-ctenochasmatids and pre-ornithocheirids. Here in part 7 we’ll look at the pterosaur palate from Scaphognathus to Pterodactylus longicollum (aka: Diopecephalus, Fig. 1) and to Germanodactylus rhamphastinus, following the phylogenetic order recovered in the large pterosaur … Continue reading

Evolution of the Pterosaur Palate – part 6: Eudimorphodon to Cearadactylus

Earlier we looked at basal pterosaur palates, dimorphodontoid palates, campylognathoid palates, pre-azhdarchid palates and pre-ctenochasmatids. Here in part 6 we’ll look at the pterosaur palate from Eudimorphodon to Haopterus (Fig. 1, following the phylogenetic order recovered in the large pterosaur tree), then finish up with three more derived … Continue reading

Evolution of the Pterosaur Palate – part 5: Eudimorphodon to Pterodaustro

Earlier we looked at basal pterosaur palates, dimorphodontoid palates, campylognathoid palates and pre-azhdarchid palates. Here in part 5 we’ll look at the pterosaur palate from Eudimorphodon to Pterodaustro (following the phylogenetic order recovered in the large pterosaur tree) which splits Dorygnathoidea in three). Scaphognathids will follow. Sordes Distinct from Eudimorphodon, … Continue reading

Evolution of the Pterosaur Palate – part 4: Eudimorphodon to Quetzalcoatlus

Earlier we looked at basal pterosaur palates, dimorphodontoid palates, and campylognathoid palates. Here in part 4 we’ll look at the pterosaur palate from Eudimorphodon to Quetzalcoatlus (following the phylogenetic order recovered in the large pterosaur tree) which splits Dorygnathoidea in three). … Continue reading

Evolution of the Pterosaur Palate – part 3 the Campylognathoidea

Earlier we looked at the evolution of the pterosaur palate from pre-pterosaurs to basal pterosaurs and from Dimorphodon to the Anurognathidae. Today we’ll look at the next clade: Eudimorphdon + Campylognathoides + Rhamphorhynchus. Surprisingly, for as many Rhamphorhynchus specimens that are known, too … Continue reading

Evolution of the Pterosaur Palate – part 2: Dimorphodontoidea, Anurognathidae

Not much attention has been paid to the anurognathid palate. Earlier we looked at the evolution of the pterosaur palate from ancestral taxa to basal pterosaurs. Here we’ll look at another clade of basal pterosaurs, the lineage of the anurognathids … Continue reading

The Evolution of the Pterosaur Palate – part 1

Not much attention has been paid to the pterosaur palate. Ever since Williston (1902) and continuing through Huene 1914, Wellnhofer (1978, 1991) and Bennett (1991, 2001a,b), the solid palatal plate in pterosaurs has been considered the palatine (Fig. 1). That’s the tradition … Continue reading