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The Crane Pterosaur? by Qilong The Crane Pterosaur? by Qilong
I described the skeleton of Huanhepterus here, in which I called it a "stork" pterosaur. There seems to have been another one further east in China, in younger-aged rocks, in Liaoning, China. This taxon is known as Beipiaopterus chenianus, which exhibits several characteristics of ctenochasmatids, including the long metatarsals, long legs, long neck, and long dorsal series. However, no skull is known (though perhaps a newly described pterosaur, Feilongus, could pertain to it). The neck bones are much longer than in other ctenochasmatids except for Huanhepterus, but curiously, the first bone of the wing finger was longer than the next two combined, showing a particular adaptation to allow shape modification of the wing only further towards the tip than other pterosaurs allowed, rather than closer to the first knuckle. However, as this skeleton shows, the wing was extremely long.
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Skye-Rhyder Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2014
Why does it look like there are too many bones in that arm?
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Qilong Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2014
The long wing is made of lots of little bones, which are a modified finger. It looks unusual because it is very, very thick. There's only two bones in the wrist, too, but additional elements are associated with it, which probbaly makes it look more complex than it is. The human arm has MORE distinct bones in it than this pterosaur does, as it has an extra finger and all the bones of the wrist aren't used, like they are in pterosaurs.
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Skye-Rhyder Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2014
No no, it looks like there are either four arm joints or five finger bones.
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Megalotitan Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hopefully this gives you a good rundown on pterosaur wing anatomy.
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Skye-Rhyder Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2017
Too small
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Megalotitan Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
er, you can zoom in...
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Skye-Rhyder Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2017
Not enough resolution.
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Megalotitan Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
you can zoom in with the browser you're using: just click the semi-colon thing on the top right part of your browser (right below the 'X' where you close your browser) and you can go from there
anyways, this has a fair enough resolution.
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himajinizm Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2006
Damn. Nice and simple. Awsome.
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Qilong Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2006
thanks!!
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