On the Skeleton of Ornithodesmus latidens; an Ornithosaur from the Wealden Shales of Atherfield (Isle of Wight)

  title={On the Skeleton of Ornithodesmus latidens; an Ornithosaur from the Wealden Shales of Atherfield (Isle of Wight)},
  author={Reginald Walter Hooley},
  journal={Quarterly Journal of the Geological Society of London},
  pages={372 - 422}
  • R. Hooley
  • Published 1 March 1913
  • History
  • Quarterly Journal of the Geological Society of London
The late Rev. W. D. Fox, of Brighstone (Isle of Wight), discovered in the Wealden Beds of Brook in that island many associated ornithosaurian bones. These were acquired by the Trustees of the British Museum in 1882, when they purchased his important collection. They are numbered R/176, and classified by Mr. R. Lydekker under Ornithocheirus nobilis (Owen) as ‘not improbably belonging to this species.’ In 1888 the hinder portion of the skull was shown by Mr. Lykedder to Mr. E. T. Newton, at the… 
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    PloS one
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23 l~re-postaxial diameter of the scapula : humeral end
318 :Dorso-ventral diameter of the proximal end
  • Length of portion of the proximal end of the first wing-phalange
35 Depth of the occiput, summit to lowest outer angle of quadrate. 62 Width of the oeciput across the foramen magnum
  • Breadth 0fthe cranial roof between the supra-temporal pits ... 16 Breadth of the skull between the eentres of the squamosal bars. 90 4~reatest breadth of the brain-capsule
40 Breadth of the skull at the centre of the upper border of the orbits
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40 Width between tim exterior borders of the postzygapophyses of the same
44 Length of the proximal portion of the third wing-phalange, Atheflield specimen No. 1
  • Dorso-ventral diameter of the proximal end of the second wingphalange
60 Depth of the ischium from the acetabulum to the anterior ventral angle
64 -Spiral curve of deltoid crest begins below the proximal articulation of humerus
94: Length of the anterior teeth