Thursday, 28 November 2013

Ludodactylus sibbicki

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.

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, Cear√°, 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.

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