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New Info from China



The following items are just in from the Mesozoic Ecosystems Conference in
China. I cannot yet confirm some of the spellings of the names, authors'
names, or publication data, because the relevant papers have not yet arrived.
I received this by phone this morning.

1) New yunnanosaurid prosauropod from Lufeng described in a monograph
(complete osteology!) published for the conference:

JINGSHANOSAURUS XINWAENSIS Zhang & Yang, 1995 (not 1994 as listed)

This is the prosauropod JINSHANOSAURUS [nomen nudum] in my Long Letter (note
corrected spelling of generic name). Large skeleton about 9.8 meters long,
virtually complete. Dong Zhiming considers it a large specimen of
_Yunnanosaurus_. It was on exhibit in Japan in 1993, whence the nomen nudum.
The complete osteology makes it one of the best-known prosauropods from
China.

2) New Late Jurassic archaeopterygiform bird

CONFUCIUSORNIS SANCTUS Hou, 1955

published in the proceedings of the conference. This one has already been
posted to this group. The skeleton is nearly complete with skull;
premaxillary teeth present, maxillary teeth absent. Feather impressions are
said to exist but they are not figured. Too bad the Chinese aren't up on
their Latin. The correct way to use Confucius (which is already a Latinized
version of his Chinese name) would be "Confuciornis."

3) New sauropod (Brontosauria, Sauropoda, Cetiosauridae?) from the Dashanpu
Quarry:

ABROSAURUS DONGPOENSIS authors' names in Chinese only, so I don't know who
they are

Based on an excellently preserved skull illustrated in the paper.

4) This new name is listed under Ornithischia in a faunal list in one of the
papers in the proceedings:

GIGANTSPINOSAURUS SICHUANENSIS Long?, 1995 [nomen nudum]

Your guess is as good as mine as to what this might be. A sail-backed
ornithopod? A nodosaur or stegosaur with long spikes? Author's name is as yet
uncertain.

5) This species, hanging around as a nomen nudum since publication of an
anonymous guidebook to the Zigong Museum in 1986, now has a formal
description:

SHUNOSAURUS ZILIUJINGENSIS Zhang?, 1995

The author's name is as yet uncertain. It is based on the middle of three
mounted _Shunosaurus_ skeletons at the museum, a specimen 9 meters long. It
is distinguished from _Shunosaurus lii_ by distinctive serrations on the
teeth and other minor anatomical details.

6) Items known to be in press (names not available):

A peculiar large sauropod dorsal vertebra repesenting a new genus

A large sauropod forelimb, perhaps pertaining to the above

Newsy George