Palaeontology of SW Germany 3.1.13: Hauff pterosaurs!

Finally, some non-marine animals :) The Lias does hold a few; those that fell into the sea include even a sauropod (Ohmdenosaurs). The vast majority, though, are pterosaurs.

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Sadly, most specimens are lightened with spotlights that make photography very hard. Instead, there are some really nice models, brightly painted. Here’s the first, photoshopped version of one of the photos I took, and as a HDR attempt, trying to even out the lighting.

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Campylognathoides liasicus, irritatingly still labelles Campyloganthus liasicus. Wingspan about a meter. Shame, shame, it is a cast of a specimen that has found its way to Pittsburgh. At least the life models are nice – although my current guest at the MfN, Dave Hone of Archosaurmusings, has some issues with the feet.

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cute lil’ pterosaur babies….

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note how one is trampling ll over its sibling in the haste to get at the insect the adult brought.

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On to the next one – I only have one horrible photo, because of the glass cupboard reflecting spotlights etc there was only one angle that I could really use. I removed the perspective, so it does look kinda OK, but it really isn’t.

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another Campy, another cast – this original is at the SMNS. A bigger one, with a wingspan of about 230 cm.

interestingly, both specimens are labelled as C. zitteli, but the Pittsburgh one is definitely C. liasicus. Hmm….. This is a bit of a problem at the Hauff museum: labels are not to be trusted, as many are not really up to date.

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finally, a belly view of the model:

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On for the next genus – in this case there is only one species and thus the identification is certain. Dorygnathus banthensis it is, with a wingspan of a good meter (105 cm). A rhamphorhynchid, which even I can see from the teeth and tail.

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here’s one of the reconstructions that go with it, I have no idea who the painter is. Both Dave Hone and I think this is familiar, but it might just look a bit too Luis-Rey-ish and trick me.

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There are two models of D., dive-bombing fish. Fittingly, one has roundels of the style seen on RAF planes.

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and that’s all there is! Rare as pterosaur specimens are, they are pricey, and thus in the past were quickly sold to the highest bidder. Accordingly, they got spread around a lot. The same is true for ichthyosaurs, but nobody really takes notice of the fact given the plethora of specimens to be seen in SW German museums.

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About Heinrich Mallison

I'm a dinosaur biomech guy working at the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin.
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3 Responses to Palaeontology of SW Germany 3.1.13: Hauff pterosaurs!

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