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Reptilia - Protazhdarchidae
If no rank is listed, the taxon is considered an unranked clade in modern classifications. Ranks may be repeated or presented in the wrong order because authors working on different parts of the classification may disagree about how to rank taxa.
|E. Frey et al. 2011||[As for family Protazhdarchidae and genus Auroazhdarcho]|
|S. C. Bennett 2013||Upper Jurassic pterodactyloid with elongate skull, slender and elongated rostrum, and superior margin of the skull markedly concave upward; naso-antorbital fenestra length ~20–25% of skull length in small individuals; jaws of small individuals bearing up to 18 closely spaced, long, gently curving teeth per jaw side, anterior teeth angled anteriorly, posterior teeth shorter and more upright, and the upper and lower teeth interlocking to form a basket for sieving food items from water, but teeth shorter and stouter than in Ctenochasma. The skull is unknown in large individuals. Cervical vertebrae 3–7 of moderate length, and neck relatively shorter than in Pterodactylus and Ardeadactylus (shared with Ctenochasma and Cycnorhamphus). McIV exhibits marked positive allometry relative to the radius: in small specimens the radius length exceeds McIV length but the opposite is the case in middling to large specimens; in small to middling specimens WP2 is ~62–74% of WP1 length, in the large specimen 59%, and WP1-4 lengths typically exhibit a concave upward curve in modified Nopcsa curves (Fig. 11). In the pes, MtI is greater than MtII in length and the proximal phalanges of digit I–IV are subequal in length (shared with Ctenochasma).|