- Arthurdactylus conandoylei
- Frey and Martill, 1994
- Meaning of generic name
- Arthur's Finger
[When a name ends in "finger" / "dactylus" it usually is short for "wing finger" = "pterodactylus"]
- Meaning of specific name
- of Conan Doyle
- Wingspan: 4.6 m
- Nearly complete postcranial skeleton.
- Age and Distribution
- Crato Formation (Early Cretaceous, Aptian), Ceará, Brazil.
- Pterosauria Pterodactyloidea Ornithocheiroidea Ornithocheirididae
- Further Reading
- Frey, E. & Martill, D. M. 1994, A new Pterosaur from the Crato Formation (Lower Creatceous, Aptian) of Brazil. Neues Jahrbuch fur Geologie und Paläontology, Abhandlungen. 194, 379–412.
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Named after Sir Arthur Conan-Doyle, author of the novel the "Lost World" featuring prehistoric animals, this large pterosaur is known from an almost complete skeleton partially disarticulated lacking the skull, the neck and the sternum from the Early Cretaceous Crato Formation of Brazil. It had an unusually short body, realtively long wing fingers and slender hindlimbs.