Temporal range: Late Cretaceous, 74 Ma
Padian, de Ricqlès & Horner, 1995
Padian, Ricqlès & Horner, 1995
The type species is Montanazhdarcho minor. The genus name refers to Montana and to the related species Azhdarcho. The specific name means "the smaller one" in Latin, a reference to the relatively small size in comparison to closely related forms.
The holotype, MOR 691 (Museum of the Rockies), was found by Robert W. Harmon in Glacier County, in the territory of the Blackfoot, in sandstone of the Upper Two Medicine Formation, a layer about 74 million years old. The fossil is largely uncompressed and that of an adult exemplar, as established by a study of the bone by de Ricqlès. It consists of a partial left wing, lacking the outer three wing finger phalanges, a complete shoulder girdle, a crushed cervical vertebra and two fragments of the symphysis of the mandible. The jaws were edentulous, i.e.: they lacked teeth.
Montanazhdarcho was by the authors assigned to the Azhdarchidae, mainly based on the elongated form of the neck vertebra. Compared to other azhdarchids, it was small; the fragments of humerus, radius, and carpal suggest an animal with a 2.5 metre wingspan (eight feet). Its ulna was longer than the wing metacarpal, which is atypical for azhdarchids. However, recent studies suggest that it was a non-azhdarchid azhdarchoid, probably a tapejarid.
- Padian, K., Horner, J.R., and de Ricqlès, A.J. (1993). "A new azhdarchid pterosaur from the Two Medicine Formation (Late Cretaceous, Campanian) of Montana, identified on the basis of bone histology." Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 13: 52A
- K. Padian, A. J. de Ricqlès, and J. R. Horner (1995), "Bone histology determines identification of a new fossil taxon of pterosaur (Reptilia: Archosauria)", Comptes Rendus de l’Academie des Science, Serie II (320): 77-84
- McGowen, M.R.; Padian, K.; de Sosa, M.A.; Harmon, R.J. (2002). "Description of Montanazhdarcho minor, an azhdarchid pterosaur from the Two Medicine Formation (Campanian) of Montana". PaleoBios. 22 (1): 1–9.
- Carroll, N. REASSIGNMENT OF MONTANAZHDARCHO MINOR AS A NON-AZHDARCHID MEMBER OF THE AZHDARCHOIDEA, SVP 2015
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