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Pterosaurs in amber

The pterosaur in the picture below is from a historically controversial piece of amber that was first acquired in the belief that it was a tiny enanthiornithine in amber. There are feathers present and visible on both the tiny bird named Romeo and his parents who are partially present in the amber above him. The first confirmations that it is a pterosaur came from Professor Meehan's micro ct renderings which also helped us understand the mother/father role in this scene. If you look carefully at Romeo in the picture below you will see that underneath him are the bones of the fingers of the wing claw of a parent bird that perhaps was trying to save Romeo from the amber. Amber flows suggest that the amber probablty caught Romeo in a tree hollow and that the parents could not bring him out quickly enough, on the surface of the amber you can see the clear venation of a fossil leaf on the surface of the amber. The leaf was not removed from the amber as it is already sad in many cases that amber specimens are ground down and have windows created to help assist clearer viewing of important inclusions within.

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Here is an example, this pterosaur is the most common pterosaur in Burmite and specimens come in numerous sizes and social interaction groups in amber.

Although we do archive many top grade well preserved pterodactyl type pterosaurs here is a simple picture below of a poorly preserved pterosaur just to help show how easily they can go unnoticed without careful examination. Visually it can be difficult for amateurs seperating paredolia from incredible fossils and this colony of pterosaurs yeilded incredible micro ct scans whereby we can learn about full anatomical details even when there is nothing visually apparent to the eye. The CT rendering on many of these specimens performed by Professor Christopher Meehan, the Harvard scientist who published his discovery of the world's first vegetarian spider after much ridicule. When Romeo was first acquired there were a few people who knew that something perhaps more interesting existed in the feathery mess above Romeo. After establishing that there was a second potential parent of Romeo also trapped in the amber and seperating the wings of both the mother and father we identified the angle best to use ultra violet light to reveal the father. The head of the father to the top right is larger than his "son" Romeo. Meehan's incredible micro ct rendering talents have helped us identify numerous pterosaurs that we were unaware of and also helped greatly in seperating out messes of carcasses and how to identify easier to understand and easier to photograph specimens. Although Professor Meehan does not work for or with us we are indeed greatful for his assistance in preforming ct renders and also to Dr David Peters who kindly provided us with some thought provoking anatomical color mapping, his incredible daily contributions to science can be followed on these websites : and

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pterossauro em âmbar pterosaur ni Amber PTEROSAUR NA AMBER PTEROSAUR IN AMBER פּטעראָסאַור אין בורשטין pterosaur mewn ambr pterosaur trong hổ phách امبر میں پتروساس ПЕРЕХОДА В ЯНТАРЕ 앰버에있는 범인 アンペア PTEROSAUR I AMBER एम्बर में पेंटोसॉर פטרוזאור בענבר PTEROSAUR EN AMBRE 龙之王 龍之王 มังกรในอำพัน ፖርዮሰርቶ በበርበሪ التيروصور، إلى داخل، العنبر pterosaur në qelibar