The pterosaurian remains from the Grünbach Formation (Campanian, Gosau Group) of Austria: A reappraisal of 'Ornithocheirus buenzeli'

Eric Buffetaut, Attila Osi, Edina Prondvai

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Abstract

The fragmentary pterosaur material from the Campanian Grünbach Formation (Gosau Group) of Muthmannsdorf (Austria), previously identified as Ornithocheirus buenzeli Bunzel, 1871, is revised. A lower jaw fragment shows a helical type of articulation, which is known in several families of pterosaurs, and cannot be identified with great accuracy. The proximal part of a humerus shows distinctive features that allow it to be referred to as a member of the family Azhdarchidae, which is widespread in the Late Cretaceous Period of Europe. Ornithocheirus buenzeli is considered a nomen dubium. The pterosaur material from the Grünbach Formation cannot be used as evidence for the presence of ornithocheirids in the Late Cretaceous of Europe.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)334-339
Number of pages6
JournalGeological Magazine
Volume148
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1 2011

Keywords

  • Austria
  • Azhdarchidae
  • Cretaceous
  • Pterosauria

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geology

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