A New Crested Pterosaur from the Early Cretaceous of Spain: The First European Tapejarid (Pterodactyloidea: Azhdarchoidea)

@article{Vullo2012ANC,
  title={A New Crested Pterosaur from the Early Cretaceous of Spain: The First European Tapejarid (Pterodactyloidea: Azhdarchoidea)},
  author={Romain Vullo and Jes{\'u}s Marug{\'a}n-Lob{\'o}n and Alexander Wilhelm Armin Kellner and {\'A}ngela D. Buscalioni and Bernard Gomez and Montserrat de la Fuente and Jose J. Moratalla},
  journal={PLoS ONE},
  year={2012},
  volume={7}
}
Background The Tapejaridae is a group of unusual toothless pterosaurs characterized by bizarre cranial crests. From a paleoecological point of view, frugivorous feeding habits have often been suggested for one of its included clades, the Tapejarinae. So far, the presence of these intriguing flying reptiles has been unambiguously documented from Early Cretaceous sites in China and Brazil, where pterosaur fossils are less rare and fragmentary than in similarly-aged European strata. Methodology… 

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