An Egg-Adult Association, Gender, and Reproduction in Pterosaurs

@article{L2011AnEA,
  title={An Egg-Adult Association, Gender, and Reproduction in Pterosaurs},
  author={Junchang L{\"u} and David M. Unwin and Denis Charles Deeming and Xingsheng Jin and Yongqing Liu and Qiang Ji},
  journal={Science},
  year={2011},
  volume={331},
  pages={321 - 324}
}
  • J. Lü, D. Unwin, Q. Ji
  • Published 21 January 2011
  • Environmental Science, Geography, Biology
  • Science
A pterosaur fossil that includes a small, soft-shelled egg indicates a reproductive strategy like that of crocodilians. A sexually mature individual of Darwinopterus preserved together with an egg from the Jurassic of China provides direct evidence of gender in pterosaurs and insights into the reproductive biology of these extinct fliers. This new find and several other examples of Darwinopterus demonstrate that males of this pterosaur had a relatively small pelvis and a large cranial crest… 
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