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New material of dsungaripterid pterosaurs (Pterosauria: Pterodactyloidea) from western Mongolia and its palaeoecological implications

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  16 June 2009

JUNCHANG LÜ*
Affiliation:
Institute of Geology, Chinese Academy of Geological Sciences, Beijing 100037, China
YOICHI AZUMA
Affiliation:
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum, 51-11 Terao, Muroko, Katsuyama, Fukui 911-8601, Japan
ZHIMING DONG
Affiliation:
Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100044, China
RINCHEN BARSBOLD
Affiliation:
Institute of Geology, Mongolian Academy of Sciences, Ulan Bataar 210351, Mongolia
YOSHITSUGU KOBAYASHI
Affiliation:
Hokkaido University Museum, Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Hokkaido 060-0810, Japan
YUONG-NAM LEE
Affiliation:
Korea Institute of Geoscience and Mineral Resources, Daejeon 305-350, South Korea
*
Author for correspondence: lujc2008@126.com

Abstract

New material of dsungaripterid pterosaurs from the Early Cretaceous of Tatal, western Mongolia, allows the diagnoses of Dsungaripteridae and Noripterus to be amended. All pterosaurs found at Tatal belong to Dsungaripteridae (either Dsungaripterus or Noripterus). The name Phobetor is a junior synonym of Noripterus. The differing shapes of the anterior tips of skulls, differing tooth morphologies and the coexistence of both Dsungaripterus and Noripterus may imply that they occupied distinct ecological niches.

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