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Some various references for your consideration - some have been
touched on before, I believe:
There is a strong discussion of the Utah "dino DNA" work of Scott
Woodward in the 26May95 Science with comments by various people including
Mary Schwietzer of Trex RBC fame. Pretty much blasts the crap out of
the Utah study and sends it back to the drawing board - pretty much as
expected given the almost impossible constraints on that study.
I don;t recall if I mentioned the paper on the Permian synapsid Varanosaurus
by Berman, David S., et al. 1995. Annals Carnegie Museum 64(2):99-133.
It's a thorough re-analysis of material on this neat-lookin' thing.
Speaking of Permian reptiles, there's a paper on some Chinese bolosaurs:
Li Jinling & Cheng Zhengwu. 1995. The first discovery of bolosaurs
from Upper Permian of China. Vertebrata PalAsiatica 33(1):17-23.
3 papers of interest in the most recent issue of Anais da Academia
Brasiliera de Ciencias 67(1) for 1995.
First up is som theropod footprints from the Cretaceous Cedro Basin:
Carvalho, Ismar de Souza, Maria Somalia Sales Viana & Mario Ferreira
de Lima Filho. Bacia de Cedro: a Ichnofauna Cretacea de Vertebrados.
Then 2 papers on the magician's protodinosaur - the "thecodont"
Azevedo, Sergio Alex Kugland de. Paleoecologia de Prestosuchus
chiniquensis Huene, 1942. Inter-relacoes Paleoecologicas entre
as faunas reptilianas do Triassico Sul-brasileiro. whew..
_________. Estudo morfofuncional do Aparelho maxilomandibular de
P.ch. H, 1942. pp. 61-65.
The former seems to suggest that Prestosuchus is the CMFIO or
head-honcho of Mid-Upper Triassic of Brrrrrrrrrasil and the latter
is a short but detailed discussion on musculo-skeletal relationship.
of the jaw region.
I tell you, I think South America will explode with dinos soon.
A small paper on a pterosaur by Padian and friends:
Padian, Kevin, A.J. de Ricqles & J.R. Horner. Bone histology determines
identification of a new fossil taxon of pterosaur (Reptilia:
Archosauria). C.R. Acad. Sci. Paris, Series IIa, 320:77-84.
An odd azhdarchid pterosaur described - nice pedigree on the junior
authors there. Bone histology factors in - no surprise given AdR's
Also in that journal, a new Theropod from the Albian of France based on
hip and leg stuff. Another scrappy find id'd using associated
microfauna in sediments:
Accarie, Hugues & a batch o' others. 1995. Discovery of a new theropod
dinosaur Genusaurus sisteronis n.g., n.sp. in the Marine Albian
of Sisteron (Alpes de Haute-Provence, France) and the extension into the
Lower Cretaceous of the ceratosaur lineage. CR etc. 320:327-334.
We have a new good date from the Judith River from Elk Basin of Wyoming
showing it to be 80ish million (above a 80.71+or- 0.55 ma) layer.
the paper is by Hicks, Jason F., et al. 1995. J. Geology 103:243-256.
Finally, in that issue is a reprint of TC Chamberlin's paper on
multiple working hypotheses with an intro by Dave Raup. If you've
never read it, I suggest starting now. IT has much to say to those
who develop pet theories and can;t see the forest for the trees with
data suggesting other things. I know a number of dino workers who
could use a good dose of this paper.
Chamberlin, T.C. (orig. 1897). The methods of Multiple Working
Hypotheses. Intro By David c. Raup. 1995. J. Geology 103;349-354.
That's it for now. Hasta la vista, babies
Ralph Chapman, NMNH