Pterosaur integumentary structures with complex feather-like branching

  title={Pterosaur integumentary structures with complex feather-like branching},
  author={Zixiao Yang and Baoyu Jiang and Maria E. McNamara and S. Kearns and M. Pittman and T. G. Kaye and Patrick J. Orr and X. Xu and M. Benton},
  journal={Nature Ecology & Evolution},
  • Zixiao Yang, Baoyu Jiang, +6 authors M. Benton
  • Published 2018
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Nature Ecology & Evolution
  • Pterosaurs were the first vertebrates to achieve true flapping flight, but in the absence of living representatives, many questions concerning their biology and lifestyle remain unresolved. [...] Key ResultMicroscopic and spectroscopic analyses and imaging of integumentary structures in two anurognathid pterosaurs reveal that their integuments were more like feathers (as seen in maniraptoran dinosaurs) than fur, as was previously supposed.Expand Abstract
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