Pterosaur integumentary structures with complex feather-like branching

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dc.contributor.author Yang, Zixiao
dc.contributor.author Jiang, Baoyu
dc.contributor.author McNamara, Maria E.
dc.contributor.author Kearns, Stuart L.
dc.contributor.author Pittman, Michael
dc.contributor.author Kaye, Thomas G.
dc.contributor.author Orr, Patrick J.
dc.contributor.author Xu, Xing
dc.contributor.author Benton, Michael J.
dc.date.accessioned 2019-08-13T13:55:13Z
dc.date.available 2019-08-13T13:55:13Z
dc.date.issued 2018-12-17
dc.identifier.citation Yang, Z., Jiang, B., McNamara, M. E., Kearns, S. L., Pittman, M., Kaye, T. G., Orr, P. J., Xu, X. and Benton, M. J. (2019) 'Pterosaur integumentary structures with complex feather-like branching', Nature Ecology & Evolution, 3(1), pp. 24-30. doi: 10.1038/s41559-018-0728-7 en
dc.identifier.volume 3 en
dc.identifier.startpage 24 en
dc.identifier.endpage 30 en
dc.identifier.issn 2397-334X
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/8311
dc.identifier.doi 10.1038/s41559-018-0728-7 en
dc.description.abstract Pterosaurs were the first vertebrates to achieve true flapping flight, but in the absence of living representatives, many questions concerning their biology and lifestyle remain unresolved. Pycnofibres—the integumentary coverings of pterosaurs—are particularly enigmatic: although many reconstructions depict fur-like coverings composed of pycnofibres, their affinities and function are not fully understood. Here, we report the preservation in two anurognathid pterosaur specimens of morphologically diverse pycnofibres that show diagnostic features of feathers, including non-vaned grouped filaments and bilaterally branched filaments, hitherto considered unique to maniraptoran dinosaurs, and preserved melanosomes with diverse geometries. These findings could imply that feathers had deep evolutionary origins in ancestral archosaurs, or that these structures arose independently in pterosaurs. The presence of feather-like structures suggests that anurognathids, and potentially other pterosaurs, possessed a dense filamentous covering that probably functioned in thermoregulation, tactile sensing, signalling and aerodynamics. en
dc.description.sponsorship National Natural Science Foundation of China (41672010; 41688103); Chinese Academy of Sciences (Strategic Priority Research 461 Program (B) (XDB26000000)); Research Grant Council of Hong Kong-General Research Fund (17103315); Natural Environment Research Council (Standard Grant NE/1027630/1); en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Springer Nature en
dc.relation.uri https://www.nature.com/articles/s41559-018-0728-7
dc.rights © 2019 Springer Nature Publishing AG. This is a post-peer-review, pre-copyedit version of an article published in Nature Ecology & Evolution. The final authenticated version is available online at: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41559-018-0728-7 en
dc.subject Animals en
dc.subject Dinosaurs en
dc.subject Feathers en
dc.subject Fossils en
dc.subject Integumentary system en
dc.subject Melanosomes en
dc.subject R package en
dc.subject Evolution en
dc.subject Dinosaur en
dc.subject Keratin en
dc.subject Fossils en
dc.subject Pelage en
dc.subject Birds en
dc.subject Beta en
dc.subject Palaeontology en
dc.title Pterosaur integumentary structures with complex feather-like branching en
dc.type Article (peer-reviewed) en
dc.internal.authorcontactother Maria E. McNamara, School Of Biological, Earth & Environmental Sc, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland. +353-21-490-3000 Email: maria.mcnamara@ucc.ie en
dc.internal.availability Full text available en
dc.date.updated 2019-08-13T13:35:56Z
dc.description.version Accepted Version en
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dc.internal.wokid WOS:000453767000010
dc.contributor.funder National Natural Science Foundation of China en
dc.contributor.funder Chinese Academy of Sciences en
dc.contributor.funder Research Grants Council, University Grants Committee en
dc.contributor.funder Natural Environment Research Council en
dc.contributor.funder European Research Council en
dc.description.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.journaltitle Nature Ecology & Evolution en
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dc.internal.IRISemailaddress maria.mcnamara@ucc.ie en
dc.relation.project info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/EC/H2020::ERC::ERC-STG/637691/EU/Animal coloration through deep time: evolutionary novelty, homology and taphonomy/ANICOLEVO en


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