pterodactyloids

Sorry for the long absence. Here is Austriadraco, a small late Triassic pterosaur from Austria. It has a short coracoid and may have been closely related to Articodactylus, who shares this trait.

This one was tricky as I couldn’t find any pictures off the fossils, just numeric proportions and a skeletal. The pose it meant to be for display by holding the wings up to flash the red and white markings.

Caulkicephalus trimicrodon, an ornithocheirid pterosaur from the Early Cretaceous (~130 mya) of the Isle of Wight, carrying around a flapling in a similar manner to modern crocodiles.

We still know very little about the life cycle and reproduction of pterosaurs. The few known fossilized eggs had leathery shells, and may have been left buried in sand or vegetation. Baby pterosaurs (“flaplings”) seem to have been superprecocial, highly developed and possibly even capable of flight very soon after hatching.

Whether any actual parental care took place is also a mystery. So this is a rather speculative idea – but still adorable.