- Tupandactylus imperator
- (Campos & Kellner, 1997)
- Meaning of generic name
- Tupan (name of the Tupi thunder God) finger
["dactylus"="finger" stands for "pterodactylus"="wing finger" which is too long for an ending - the beginning of the word seems laden with idolatry!]
- Meaning of specific name
- commander-in-chief or emperor (depending on what period of Latin)
- Skull length: 800 mm, Wingspan: ? 2.5 m
- Nearly complete skull.
- Age and Distribution
- Crato Member, Santana Formation (Early Cretaceous, Aptian-Albian) Ceará, Brazil.
- Pterosauria Pterodactyloidea Azhdarchoidea Tapejaridae
- Further Reading
- Campos, D. A. & Kellner, A. W. A. 1997, Short note on the first occurrence of Tapejaridae in the Crato Member (Aptian), Santana Formation, Araripe Basin, Northeast Brazil. An. Acad. Brasil. Ciênc., 69(1): 83-87.
Kellner, A.W.A. & Campos, D.A. 2007, Short note on the ingroup relationships of the Tapejaridae (Pterosauria, Pterodactyloidea. Boletim do Museu Nacional 75: 1–14.
- Tapejara imperator Campos & Kellner, 1997; Ingridia imperator (Campos & Kellner, 1997) Unwin & Martill, 2007
- Image by Nobu Tamura (click to enlarge)
Friday, 29 November 2013
Tupandactylus from the Early Cretaceous of Brazil is characterized by its very large head crest made partly of bone and partly of soft tissue (keratin). It was originally described as a species of Tapejara.