Supremely Rare Pterosaur Wing Finger Fossil

Cf Sciroccopteryx moroccensis

Class Sauropsida, Order Pterosauria, Family Anhangueridae

Geological Time: Middle Cretaceous, Albian Stage

Sizes (25.4mm=1 inch): Fossil is 103 mm length, 10 mm base width

Fossil Site: Kem-Kem Basin, South of Taouz, Morocco

Fossil Code: 19059

Price: $175.00

Pterosaur Wing Finger FossilDescription: This is a fine example of the distal phalanx of the fourth digit of the pterosaur currently known as Sciroccopteryx moroccensis coming from the Middle Cretaceous Albian Stage deposits of the Kem-Kem Basin, Morocco. This is the first pterosaur to be described from Morocco (1999 by Bryn J. Pterosaur anatomyMader, who described the first ever pterosaur from Africa). The remains are spotty, consisting mostly of teeth, jaw and arm fragments, but some think this flying reptile had 6 m wingspan. Its closest relatives were found in Cretaceous deposits in Brazil. Notice the proximal edge which shows how this phalanx articulated with the next. Pterosaur means wing finger, an appropriate name since it is the fourth finger that serves as the attachment for the wing itself. Missing only the distal few millimeters this is a fine example, the FIRST I have been able to offer in nearly 20 years.

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Sciroccopteryx moroccensis
Sciroccopteryx moroccensis
Pterosaur Wing Finger Fossil

 

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