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couple o' refs and a note
Was in the NMNH library looking up two references by Marsh on
ceratopsians from the American Journal of Science in 1890 and
noticed that the AJS copies I was reading were once owned, and
presumably read by Charles Walcott. Made me smile...
Two quickies on auxillary beasts but i found them interesting...
Howse, S.C.B. & A.R. Milner. 1995. The pterodactyloids from the Purbeck
Limestone Formation of Dorset. Bull. Natural History Museum, London,
Notes 3 distinct taxa occur, one referred to "Ornithocheirus" sp. A with
not much material, and two ctenochasmatids. The first, Gnathosaurus
macrurus is a redescription of Seeley's Pterodactylus macrurus. The second,
also with not much material but with a nice reconstruction and a neato
flat snout, Plataleorhynchus streptophorodon. Nice alpha paper.
The other paper is a neat functional morphology paper on bats that I
would suggest all those interested in birds and flying reptiles look at.
Hassanloo, Z., M.B. Fenton, J.D. DeLaurier and J.L. Eger. Fur increases
the parasite drag for flying bats. Canadian J. Zoology (1995)
Notes that fur really causes a drag problem and, aerodynamically, bats
would be better off with it. It's only its other uses (e.g., thermoregulation
communication, etc) that probably keeps the bats from evolving it out
altogether. Neat stuff
That's it, Ralph Chapman, NMNH