What is Tethydraco? (plus a few words on azhdarchid habits)

The pterosaur Tethydraco regalis was named by Longrich et al. in 2018. The holotype is FSAC-OB 1, a left humerus, and referred were two ulnae, two femurs, and a tibia. All of this material hails from the Ouled Abdoun Basin of Morocco, specifically the latest Maastrichtian "Couche III" phosphate bed. A bunch of other pterosaur … Continue reading What is Tethydraco? (plus a few words on azhdarchid habits)

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We still know nearly nothing about synapsid integument

In 2018, I attended a talk about end-Permian ecosystem collapse by Smith et al. (2018) at that year's Society of Vertebrate Paleontology conference in Albuquerque. The presenter mentioned a mass Lystrosaurus death site from earliest Triassic South Africa. That in itself is cool, but he offhandedly mentioned some preserved some individuals with mummified skin - … Continue reading We still know nearly nothing about synapsid integument