A new giant pterosaur with a robust skull from the latest Cretaceous of Romania

  title={A new giant pterosaur with a robust skull from the latest Cretaceous of Romania},
  author={E. Buffetaut and D. Grigorescu and Z. Csiki},
Abstract. A new giant pterosaur, Hatzegopteryx thambema, nov.gen., nov.sp., from the Maastrichtian Densuş-Ciula Formation of Romania is remarkable for its very large size (estimated wing span ≥12 m) and for the robustness of its large skull, which may have been nearly 3 m long. The stout skull bones contrast with the usually thin and slender skull elements of other pterosaurs, and raise the question of how the weight of the skull was reduced in order to make flight possible. The answer probably… Expand
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  • Geology
  • Quarterly Journal of the Geological Society of London
  • 1923
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