- Ludodactylus sibbicki
- Frey, Martill & Buchy, 2003
- Meaning of generic name
- Toy Finger
[When a name ends in "finger" / "dactylus" it usually is short for "wing finger" = "pterodactylus"]
- Wingspan: 4 m, Skull length: 660 mm
- Holotype (SMNK PAL 3828) : Nearly complete skull.
- Age and Distribution
- Crato Formation (Early Cretaceous, Aptian) Chapada do Araripe region, Ceará, Brazil.
- Pterosauria Pterodactyloidea Ornithocheiroidea Ornithocheirididae
- Further Reading
- Frey E., Martill D. M. and Buchy C.-C., 2003, A new crested Ornithocheirid from the Lower Cretaceous of north-eastern Brazil and the unusual death of an unusual pterosaur: In: Evolution and Palaeobiology of Pterosaurs, edited by Buffetaut, E., and Mazin, J.-M., Geological Society Special Publication, n. 217, p. 55-63.
Thursday, 28 November 2013
The specific name of this large pterosaur honors famous paleoartist John Sibbick. Ludodactylus was a crested ornithocheirid from the Early Cretaceous of Brazil, known from a single nearly complete skull missing the distal end of the crest. It was preserved with a leaf between its mandibles thus its nickname, the "tree-biter" and on the same slab that contain the fossils of the fish Dastilbe. The generic name refered to the fact that the animal resembles the inacurrate popular depiction of toy Pteranodon with teeth (Pteranodon was crested but toothless). It may turn out that Ludactylus is the same animal than Brasileodactylus.