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Darren is away. Back soon. Here are sneak-peeks… The amazing freaky beast that’s getting all the attention, that everyone gawps at in amazement (drumroll)…

I said in the freaky giraffoid Barosaurus article that I had one last thing to say on the ‘demonic Quetzalcoatlus‘ meme. It’s pretty incredible. Yes, world, I give you: an actual skeleton of a real ‘demonic Quetzalcoatlus‘. Well, a published drawing of one, anyway…

If you’re a regular reader you’ll have seen the recent article on those freaky, terrifying versions of the azhdarchid pterosaur Quetzalcoatlus from the 1970s and 80s. We looked at Guy Michel’s version from 1979 and Richard Orr’s spectacularly colourful rendition from 1984. My friend Paul Glynn reminded me recently that there’s another version out there:…

By now, it’s reasonably well known to interested people what azhdarchid pterosaurs looked like when alive. The answer: sort of like a cross between a giraffe and a stork, though with all of this being over-ridden by uniquely pterosaurian weirdness; membranous wings supported by giant fingers, a large cranial crest, plantigrade feet, and so on.

Earlier this year the awesome new ornithocheiroid pterosaur Zhenyuanopterus longirostris Lü, 2010 was described from the Yixian Formation of Liaoning Province, China. It has pretty incredible teeth, as well as a very interesting premaxillary crest…

Today see the launch of an outstanding new website devoted entirely to pterosaurs, the flying reptiles of the Mesozoic. What makes the site different from many specialist sources on the internet is that it was created, written and designed by specialists in the field. As such, it should prove an invaluable resource. I’ll try and…

The Zitteliana pterosaur special

Long-time readers will recall my few articles about the Peter Wellnhofer pterosaur meeting [see links below], held at the Bayerische Staatssammlung für Paläontologie und Geologie (Bavarian State Palaeontological Collection – BSPG) in Munich in 2007. The meeting, organised by Dr Dave Hone, was attended by most of the world’s pterosaur workers, and was planned to…

Pterosaurs – the charismatic flying archosaurs of the Mesozoic Era – fall fairly nearly into two great assemblages: the primitive, mostly long-tailed basal forms (or ‘rhamphorhynchoids’) and the more strongly modified, consistently short-tailed pterodactyloids. Pterodactyloids emerged in the Middle Jurassic and persisted to the very end of the Late Cretaceous, and fossils show that they…

Mark Witton’s secret: finally out

First of all, I’ve been away (speaking about fossil cats again), though – as previously – you might not have known this given that a list of posts were scheduled to appear in my absence. Is there more on mesonychians to come? There might be, but I haven’t yet had the time to finish it.…

No time to produce anything new, so here’s another recycled book review… While the Mesozoic strata of Patagonia are particularly well known for their diverse and often spectacular dinosaurs, they have also yielded a phenomenally rich record of other Mesozoic reptiles, including turtles, squamates, plesiosaurs, ichthyosaurs, crocodilians and pterosaurs. In this multi-authored volume (another contribution…