Muzquizopteryx

Name: Muzquizopteryx (Múzquiz wing).
Phonetic: Muz-kwee-op-teh-riks.
Named By: Frey, Buchy, Stinnesbeck, González & di Stefano. - 2006.
Classification: Chordata, Reptilia, Pterosauria, Pterodactyloidea, Pteranodontia, Nyctosauridae.
Species: M. coahuilensis (type).
Type: Presumed piscivore.
Size: 2 meter wingspan.
Known locations: Mexico, Coahuila.
Time period: Coniacian of the Cretaceous.
Fossil representation: Almost complete skeleton although only the snout and lower jaw are missing, with only the upper cranium preserved. The holotype also has soft tissue impressions.

       Muzquizopteryx is placed in the same pterosaur family as Nyctosaurus although it lacks the formers highly elaborate head crest. With a two meter wingspan, Muzquizopteryx is small for a nyctosaurid.

Further reading
- A brick in a wall: the first nyctosaurid pterosaur from the Conacian of NE Mexico and its impact on the pterosaurian wing anatomy. - E. Frey, M. C. Buchy, W. Stinnesbeck, A. H. González-González & A. Di Stefano - 2004.
- Muzquizopteryx coahuilensis n. g., n. sp., a nyctosaurid pterosaur with soft tissue preservation from the Coniacian (Late Cretaceous) of northeast Mexico (Coahuila). - Oryctos 6:19-39. - E. Frey, M.-C. Buchy, W. Stinnesbeck, A. González González & A. Stefano - 2006.



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