Mimodactylus

Name: Mimodactylus ‭(‬Mineral Museum wing/MIM wing‭)‬.
Phonetic: Me-mo-dak-te-lus.
Named By: Wilhelm Armin Kellner,‭ ‬Michael Wayne Caldwell,‭ ‬Borja Holgado,‭ ‬Fabio Marco Dalla Vecchia,‭ ‬Roy Nohra,‭ ‬Juliana Manso Say„o and Philip John Currie‭ ‬-‭ ‬2019.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Reptilia,‭ ‬Pterosauria,‭ ‬Pterodactyloidea,‭ ‬Istiodactyliformes,‭ ‬Mimodactylidae.
Species: M.‭ ‬libanensis‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Durophagovre‭ (‬shellfish eater‭)‬.
Size: Holotype individual has a‭ ‬132‭ ‬centimetre wingspan,‭ ‬but this of a juvenile.‭ ‬Full adult size unknown.
Known locations: Lebanon.
Time period: Cenomanian of the Cretaceous.
Fossil representation: Skull,‭ ‬lower jaws and most of the post cranial skeleton.‭ ‬Remains are of a juvenile.

       Mimodactylus is a genus of pterosaur that lived in North Africa during the earlier stages of the Late Cretaceous.‭ ‬Mimodactylus is described from the almost complete fossil remains of a juvenile.‭ ‬Mimodactylus has teeth that are fairly short,‭ ‬conical and unserrated.‭ ‬These teeth would have been most suited to cracking opened the hard shells of molluscs and crustaceans,‭ ‬suggesting that Mimodactylus may have been a shellfish eater.

Further reading
-‭ ‬First complete pterosaur from the Afro-Arabian continent:‭ ‬insight into pterodactyloid diversity.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Scientific Reports.‭ ‬9‭ (‬1‭)‬.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Wilhelm Armin Kellner,‭ ‬Michael Wayne Caldwell,‭ ‬Borja Holgado,‭ ‬Fabio Marco Dalla Vecchia,‭ ‬Roy Nohra,‭ ‬Juliana Manso Say„o and Philip John Currie‭ ‬-‭ ‬2019.



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