Qinglongopterus

Name: Qinglongopterus ‭(‬Qinglong wing‭)‬.
Phonetic: Kwing-long-op-teh-ris.
Named By: J.‭ ‬Lü,‭ ‬D.‭ ‬M.‭ ‬Unwin,‭ ‬B.‭ ‬Zhao,‭ ‬C.‭ ‬Gao and C.‭ ‬Shen‭ ‬-‭ ‬2012.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Reptilia,‭ ‬Pterosauria,‭ ‬Rhamphorhynchidae,‭ ‬Rhamphorhynchinae.
Species: Q.‭ ‬guoi‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Piscivore/Insectivore.
Size: Estimated‭ ‬34‭ ‬centimetre wingspan.
Known locations: China,‭ ‬Hebei province‭ ‬-‭ ‬Tiaojishan Formation.
Time period: Mid/Late Jurassic.
Fossil representation: Almost complete articulated specimen,‭ ‬possibly of a juvenile.

       Superficially Qinglongopterus has been found to be very similar to Rhamphorhynchus,‭ ‬the pterosaur that is the type genus of the Rhamphorhynchidae and to which Qinglongopterus is thought to be the most closely related.‭ ‬This however hints that both Qinglongopterus and Rhamphorhynchus represented their evolutionary limit as they are separated by many millions of years yet show very little development,‭ ‬although it may be that they were so well adapted to their particular ecological niche that they did not require further changes to their bodies.‭
       Pterosaurs as a group are thought to have gone through a process of‭ ‘‬modular evolution‭’‬,‭ ‬which is where rather than the whole body changing all at once,‭ ‬only certain parts change.‭ ‬For example,‭ ‬while the main body stays the same,‭ ‬the proportions of the wing bones may change,‭ ‬or instead the orientation of the neck vertebrae joining the skull may shift.‭ ‬Such evolution can be seen in some pterosaurs such as Darwinopterus which have been described as being cobbled together from a combination of primitive and advanced pterosaur parts.



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