Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Flugsaurier: Pterosaur papers in honour of Peter Wellnhofer

I know this has been posed on a few other sites, but I just want to make sure everyone knows about it ;)

Flugsaurier: Pterosaur papers in honour of Peter Wellnhofer. 2008. Hone, D.W.E., and Buffetaut, E. (eds). Zitteliana B, 28. 264pp.

From Dave Hone:
Anyone who wants to order it should contact the publishers in Munich. The price is a staggeringly reasonable 29 Euros (plus postage) so is very cheap. Volumes are still being printed and these can be expected to be sent around the end of Jan / early Feb. I should warn people that they can't take credit cards which is a bit of a pain, but you can't have everything (apparently). Contact:

Andreas Trenkle
Jörg-Tömlinger-Str. 2
D-82152 Planegg

Fax ++49-89-89329763 (inside Germany: 089-89329763)

Table of Contents:

Wellnhofer, P. A short history of pterosaur research. p7-19.

Padian, K. Were pterosaur ancestors bipedal or quadrupedal?: Morphometric, functional and phylogenetic considerations. p21-33.

Hone, DW.E., & Benton, M.J. Contrasting supertrees and total-evidence methods: pterosaur origins. p35-60.

Barrett, P.M., Butler, R.J., Edwards, N.P., & Milner, A.R. Pterosaur distribution in time and space: an atlas. p61-107.

Steel, L. The palaeohistology of pterosaur bone: an overview. p109-125.

Bennett, S.C. Morphological evolution of the wing of pterosaurs: mycology and function. p127-141.

Witton, M.P. A new approach to determining pterosaur body mass and its implications for pterosaur flight. p143-159.

Habaib, M.B. Comparative evidence for quadrupedal launch in pterosaurs. p161-168.

Elgin, R.E., Grau, C.A., Palmer, C., Hone, D.W.E., Greenwell, D., & Benton, M.J. Aerodynamic characters of the cranial crest in Pteranodon. p169-176.

Martill, D.M., & Witton, M.P. Catastrophic failure in a pterosaur skull from the Cretaceous Santana Formation of Brazil. p177-185.

Lockley, M., Harris, J.D., & Mirchell, L. A golobal overview of pterosaur ichnology: tracksite distribution in space and time. p187-198.

Unwin, D.M., & D.C. Deeming. Pterosaur eggshell structure and its implications for pterosaur reproductive biology. p199-207.

Martill, D.M., Witton, M.P., & Gale, A. Possible azhdarchoid remains from the Coniacian (Late Cretaceous) of England. p209-218.

Rodrigues, T., & Kellner, A.W.A. Review of the pterodactyloid pterosaur Coloborhynchus. p210-228.

Lu, J., Xu, L., & Ji, Q. Restudy of Liaoxipterus (Istiodactylidae: Pterosauria) with comments on the Chinese istiodactylid pterosaurs. p229-241.

Martill, D.M. First pterosaur remains from Exu Formation (Cretaceous) from the Araripe Basin, Brazil. p243-248.

Buffetaut, E. Late Cretaceous pterosaurs from France: a review. p249-255.


Anonymous said...

Speaking of pterosaurs, is there any species larger than Quetzocoatlus?

ReBecca Hunt-Foster said...

Not that I am aware of, but I am not as up on Pterosaurs as I should be. I suggest going over to Dave's site and asking him. (

Anonymous said...

Yes, there are several that are probably larger. For a start, Quetz. has two species, one much greater in size than the other (c10.5m, vs about 6m). Other giant azhdarchoids are most notably Arambourgiania and Hatzegopteryx . Neither of these has much of a skeleton preserved, but pterosaurs in general are incredibly conservatve within families in temrs of basic proportions, so it's pretty safe to scale up from just a few wing bones. In both cases these animals probably exceeded 12m in wingspan and thus happily top Quetz. (in wingspan and mass).