Europejara

Name: Europejara ‭(‬European Tapejara‭)‬.
Phonetic: Yu-rope-har-rah.
Named By: R.‭ ‬Vullo,‭ ‬J.‭ ‬Marugán-Lobón,‭ ‬A.‭ ‬W.‭ ‬A.‭ ‬Kellner,‭ ‬A.‭ ‬D.‭ ‬Buscaloni,‭ ‬B.‭ ‬Gomez,‭ ‬M.‭ ‬Fuente‭ & ‬J.‭ ‬J.‭ ‬Moratalla‭ ‬-‭ ‬2012.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Reptilia,‭ ‬Pterosauria,‭ ‬Pterodactyloidea,‭ ‬Ornithocheiroidea,‭ ‬Azhdarchoidea,‭ ‬Tapejaridae,‭ ‬Tapejarinae.
Species: E.‭ ‬olcadesorum‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Uncertain,‭ ‬but the original describers suggested that it was a frugivore‭ (‬fruit eater‭)‬.
Size: Wingspan roughly estimated at two meters.
Known locations: Spain‭ ‬-‭ ‬Calizas de La Huergina Formation.
Time period: Barremian of the Cretaceous.
Fossil representation: Partial skull and lower jaws preserved crushed on a slab.

       Described in‭ ‬2012,‭ ‬Europejara has gone down as the first tapejarid pterosaur known from Europe.‭ ‬At the time of writing the only known fossils of this pterosaur are a partial skull and lower jaw.‭ ‬The preserved portion of the skull is two hundred and thirty millimetres long,‭ ‬though in life the skull is estimated to have been up to two hundred and fifty millimetres long.‭ ‬A crest was present on top of the skull which in life would have risen up and back over the skull,‭ ‬though the exact form of the crest has not been formed completely.‭ ‬A smaller crest was also present upon the bottom tip of the lower jaw.

Further reading
-‭ ‬A new crested pterosaur from the Early Cetaceous of Spain:‭ ‬the first European tapejarid‭ (‬Pterodactyloidea:‭ ‬Azhdarchoidea‭)‬.‭ ‬-‭ ‬PLoS ONE‭ ‬7‭(‬7‭)‬:e38900‭ ‬-‭ ‬R.‭ ‬Vullo,‭ ‬J.‭ ‬Marugán-Lobón,‭ ‬A.‭ ‬W.‭ ‬A.‭ ‬Kellner,‭ ‬A.‭ ‬D.‭ ‬Buscaloni,‭ ‬B.‭ ‬Gomez,‭ ‬M.‭ ‬Fuente‭ & ‬J.‭ ‬J.‭ ‬Moratalla‭ ‬-‭ ‬2012.



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