Evidence for tactile foraging in pterosaurs: a sensitive tip to the beak of Lonchodraco giganteus (Pterosauria, Lonchodectidae) from the Upper Cretaceous of southern England

@article{Martill2021EvidenceFT,
  title={Evidence for tactile foraging in pterosaurs: a sensitive tip to the beak of Lonchodraco giganteus (Pterosauria, Lonchodectidae) from the Upper Cretaceous of southern England},
  author={David M. Martill and Roy E. Smith and Nicholas R. Longrich and James F. Brown},
  journal={Cretaceous Research},
  year={2021},
  volume={117},
  pages={104637}
}
A new istiodactylid pterosaur, Lingyuanopterus camposi gen. et sp. nov., from the Jiufotang Formation of western Liaoning, China
TLDR
A new istiodactylid is reported from the Jiufotang Formation of Lingyuan, Liaoning, northeastern China, represented by a near-complete skull, mandible and atlas-axis complex, which indicates a similarity between the pterosaur assemblages of northeastern China and Britain during the Early Cretaceous.
The rostral neurovascular system of Tyrannosaurus rex
The study of the rostral neurovascular system using CT scanning has shed new light on phylogenetic and palaeobiological reconstructions of many extinct tetrapods. This research shows a detailed

References

SHOWING 1-10 OF 59 REFERENCES
The Anatomy of the bill Tip of Kiwi and Associated Somatosensory Regions of the Brain: Comparisons with Shorebirds
TLDR
It is suggested that similarities between kiwi and scolopacid bill-tip organs and associated somatosensory brain regions are likely a result of similar ecological selective pressures, with inter-specific variations reflecting finer-scale niche differentiation.
A new prey‐detection mechanism for kiwi (Apteryx spp.) suggests convergent evolution between paleognathous and neognathous birds
TLDR
It is discovered that Apteryx possess an arrangement of mechanoreceptors within pits similar to that in Scolopacidae species and may therefore be able to localise prey using a similar vibrotactile sense and it is suggested that this sense may function in conjunction with, or be dominant over, olfaction during prey‐detection.
Discovery of a Rare Pterosaur Bone Bed in a Cretaceous Desert with Insights on Ontogeny and Behavior of Flying Reptiles
TLDR
The available information suggests that this species was gregarious, living in colonies, and most likely precocial, being able to fly at a very young age, which might have been a general trend for at least derived pterosaurs.
Functional association of bill morphology and foraging behaviour in calidrid sandpipers
TLDR
High resolution microscopy was used to study gross bill morphology of Western Sandpipers and showed that bills of males and females differed with regard to length but not curvature or depth, despite clear differences in for- aging behaviour between the sexes.
A New Pterosaur (Pterodactyloidea: Azhdarchidae) from the Upper Cretaceous of Morocco
TLDR
A new azhdarchid pterosaur is described, Alanqa saharica nov. sp.
Complex neuroanatomy in the rostrum of the Isle of Wight theropod Neovenator salerii
TLDR
It is proposed that enlarged neurovascular facial canals shouldn’t be used to exclusively support a model of aquatic foraging in theropods and argue instead that an enhanced degree of facial sensitivity may have been linked with any number of alternative behavioural adaptations, among them defleshing behaviour, nest selection/maintenance or social interaction.
Cranial morphology of Platypterygius longmani Wade, 1990 (Reptilia : Ichthyosauria) from the Lower Cretaceous of Australia.
TLDR
Preparation of specimens using acetic acid and application of high-resolution X-ray computed tomographic analyses has revealed many previously unrecorded anatomical details, including the absence of a coronoid and squamosal, and the presence of well-developed epipterygoids facets on the pterygoid and parietal.
Histological observations on presumed electroreceptors and mechanoreceptors in the beak skin of the long-beaked echidna, Zaglossus bruijnii.
TLDR
The mucous gland receptors in Zaglossus are intermediate in structure between those of Ornithorhynchus and Tachyglossus, but are similar enough to the former to suggest that electroreception may play a major role in the sensory experience of Zag Lossus.
Tail-propelled aquatic locomotion in a theropod dinosaur
TLDR
Discovery that the giant theropod dinosaur Spinosaurus has a large flexible tail indicates that it was primarily aquatic and swam in a similar manner to extant tail-propelled aquatic vertebrates.
...
...