Tetrapod Zoology

Tet Zoo picture of the day # 2

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This image shows a life-sized restoration of the South American tapejarid pterosaur Tapejara imperator as displayed at the Karlsruhe Museum fur Naturkunde. This remarkable pterosaur was named by Diogenes de Almeida Campos and Alex Kellner in 1997 and is famous for its immense sail-like crest, supported anteriorly by a tall vertical spine. A new generic name for this taxon is in press and due to be published soon. If this ‘picture of the day’ thing is new to you, check out picture 1 here. I previously blogged about tapejarids and their relatives at ver 1 here.


  1. #1 Zach
    May 27, 2007

    Great picture! One wonders how those huge-crested pterosaurs were able to fly with giant freakin’ rudders on their heads!

  2. #2 Ville Sinkkonen
    May 27, 2007

    interesting…I guess the only generic link between pterosaur faunas of Santana and Crato formation has been broken.

  3. #3 David Marjanovi?
    May 28, 2007

    Diogenes de Almeida Campos. Two surnames.

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