PalArch's Journal of Vertebrate Palaeontology 2020-10-13T05:07:41-04:00 Editor Open Journal Systems <p>Submissions are accepted on all vertebrates from all geological eras and areas. If there is doubt whether a paper can be submitted or not, please contact the responsible managing editor first.<br />PJVP accepts papers with topics such as:<br />•(Functional) Morphology<br />•Museology<br />•Paleoecology<br />•Paleoichnology<br />•Phylogeny<br />•Preparation/conservation<br />•Taphonomy</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Articles from Latest Issue </strong></span></p> <p><a href=""><strong>Comments on “Ornithocheirus hilsensis” Koken, 1883 – One of the earliest dinosaur discoveries in Germany</strong></a><br /><strong><em>Jahn Jochen Hornung</em></strong><br /><em>Niedersächsisches Landesmuseum Hannover, Willy-Brandt-Allee 5, D-30169 Hannover, Germany</em></p> Comments on “Ornithocheirus hilsensis” Koken, 1883 – One of the earliest dinosaur discoveries in Germany 2020-10-13T05:07:41-04:00 Jahn Jochen Hornung <p>Based on a detailed morphological comparison of the original figures, the lost holotype of “Ornithocheirus hilsensis” is identified as the distal part of the proximal pedal phalanx from digit I of a large-sized theropod. The distinctness in the morphology of the distal epiphysis of this element from that present in the manus and in pedal digits II-IV of most theropods may have contributed to the ambiguous interpretation of this specimen in the course of discussion since the 1880s. Features that have been interpreted as indicating pneumaticity – that would support a pterosaur affiliation – can be alternatively explained by taphonomic and diagenetic processes. Aside of this unresolved question, the published information do not indicate the presence of any pterosaur synapomorphies. Although clearly a nomen dubium, “Ornithocheirus hilsensis” is a precious record of a large-sized theropod near the Valanginian/Hauterivian boundary of Central Europe. It is furthermore of significance as one of the historically earliest documented remains of a dinosaur from Germany.</p> 2020-10-13T00:00:00-04:00 Copyright (c) 2020 PalArch's Journal of Vertebrate Palaeontology