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Product with a very long description. In this case part of the wikipedia article for the pterosaur my druid unlocked as a wild shape during my D&D game last night.
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The first remains of Dorygnathus, isolated bones and jaw fragments from the Schwarzjura, the Posidonia Shale dating from the Toarcian, were discovered near Banz, Bavaria and in 1830 described by Carl Theodori as Ornithocephalus banthensis; the specific name referring to Banz. In 1831 however, Theodori reassigned the species to the genus Pterodactylus, therefore creating P. banthensis. The holotype, a lower jaw, is specimen PSB 757. The fossils were studied by Christian Erich Hermann von Meyer in 1831 and again by Theodori in 1852 when he referred them to the genus Rhamphorhynchus instead of Pterodactylus. In this period a close affinity was assumed with a pterosaur known from Britain, later named Dimorphodon. Some fossils were sent to a professor of paleontology in Munich named Johann Andreas Wagner. It was he who, having studied new finds by Albert Oppel in 1856 and 1858, after Richard Owen had named Dimorphodon concluded that the German type was clearly different and that therefore a new genus of pterosaur should be erected, which he formally named Dorygnathus in 1860, from Greek dory, "spear" and gnathos, "jaw". Much more complete remains have been found since in other German locales and especially in Württemberg, including Holzmaden, Ohmden, and Zell. One specimen, SMNS 81840, has in 1978 been dug up in Nancy, France. Dorygnathus fossils were often found in the spoil heaps where unusable rock was dumped from slate quarries worked by local farmers. Most fossils were found in two major waves, one during the twenties, the other during the eighties of the twentieth century. Since then the rate of discovery has slowed considerably because the demand for slate has strongly diminished and many small quarries have closed. At present over fifty specimens have been collected, many of them are preserved in the collection of the State Museum of Natural History Stuttgart, as by law paleontological finds in Baden-Württemberg are property of this Bundesland. Due to the excellent preserval of the later found fossils, Dorygnathus has generated much interest by pterosaur researchers, important studies having been dedicated to the species by Felix Plieninger, Gustav von Arthaber, and more recently Kevin Padian.
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