Before there was Darwinopterus there was the sadly ignored yet completely amazing Pterorhynchus.
Why everyone draw him with that weird tail? Is some kind of soft tissue found in the fossils? !!
Fascinating as always!!
What evidence is there for the tail flanges, and how wide-spread are they in pterosaurs?
There are some photos of the type specimen having undergone preparation, the tail vanes run all along the tail. Only Pterorhynchus<i/>, Rhamphorhynchus, and Sordes have been preserved so as to show tail vane remains. In Sordes the vane seems to be a long, thin segmented paddle shape.
Awesome work as usual!
How strange-looking with the serrated tail flanges...pretty cool, nevertheless!
Wasn't it found that it had a nasoanteorbital frenetra, instead of the two openings seperated?
I think there was only ever one reconstruction of it with a full nasoantorbital fenestra, and I'm pretty sure it was the result of a misinterpretation due to the dorsoventral crushing of the right side of the skull displacing a lachrymal. The naris is still quite visible in the photos and the x-rays.