Germanodactylidae

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Germanodactylids
Germanodactylus spec 01.JPG
Fossil specimen of Germanodactylus cristatus
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Order: Pterosauria
Clade: Caelidracones
Suborder: Pterodactyloidea
Infraorder: Archaeopterodactyloidea
Family: Germanodactylidae
Yang, 1964
Type species
Pterodactylus cristatus
Wiman, 1925
Synonyms

Tendaguripteridae Kellner, 2007

Germanodactylidae is a group of pterosaurs within the suborder Pterodactyloidea. While its exact placement and content are controversial, recent studies have suggested it contains three genera: Germanodactylus, Normannognathus and Tendaguripterus. Most recent studies have placed the group within the larger clade Dsungaripteroidea,[1] though it has also been recovered within the Ctenochasmatoidea.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Fastnacht, M. (2005). "The first dsungaripterid pterosaur from the Kimmeridgian of Germany and the biomechanics of pterosaur long bones." Acta Palaeontologica Polonica, 50 (2): 273–288. [1]
  2. ^ Lu J. and Ji Q. (2006). "Preliminary results of a phylogenetic analysis of the pterosaurs from western Liaoning and surrounding areas." Journal of the Paleontological Society of Korea, 22(1): 239-261. [2]