Paleontological Journal

, Volume 42, Issue 6, pp 634-642

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A new late Cretaceous azhdarchid (Pterosauria, Azhdarchidae) from the Volga Region

  • A. O. AverianovAffiliated withZoological Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences
  • , M. S. ArkhangelskyAffiliated withGeological Faculty, Saratov State University Email author 
  • , E. M. PervushovAffiliated withGeological Faculty, Saratov State University

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A new azhdarchid genus and species, Volgadraco bogolubovi gen. et sp. nov., is described based on an anterior fragment of the mandibular symphysis (mandibular beak) and some postcranial elements from the Rybushka Formation (Upper Cretaceous, Lower Campanian) of the Shirokii Karamysh 2 locality, Saratov Region. The new taxon is intermediate in size and vascularization of the mandibular beak between medium-sized Turonian-Santonian azhdarchids (Azhdarcho, Bakonydraco) and the giant Maastrichtian azhdarchid Quetzalcoatlus.

Key words

Pterosauria Azhdarchidae new taxa Cretaceous Saratov Region Russia