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Re: Ankylosaurs (was Re: Birds and mosasaurs)



At 12:46 AM 2/17/98 -0800, Steve wrote:
>>Late Jurassic
>> representatives would be Dracopelta and Mymoorapelta, respectively.
>  ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
>Are there any references for these two?---Out of the couple dozen dino
>books I own and places I've visited, the ONLY time I've even seen their
>NAMES come up has been in "The World Beneath" by James Gurney. A fine book
>to be sure, but hardly a definitive reference.....

Original references are:

Galton, P.M. 1980. Partial skeleton of _Dracopelta zbyszewskii_ n. gen. and
n. sp., an ankylosaurian dinosaur from the Upper Jurassic of Portugal.
Geobios 13: 451-457.

Kirkland, J.I. & K. Carpenter. 1994. North America's first pre-Cretaceous
ankylosaur (Dinosauria) from the Upper Jurassic Morrison Formation of
western Colorado. BYU Geology Studies 40: 25-42.

The newer dinosaur books (Currie & Padian, Farlow & Brett-Surman, Glut) will
mention these taxa.  Because Mymoorapelta is a pretty significant discovery,
it is certain to be featured a lot in forthcoming general dino books.

Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
Vertebrate Paleontologist     Webpage: http://www.geol.umd.edu
Dept. of Geology              Email:th81@umail.umd.edu
University of Maryland        Phone:301-405-4084
College Park, MD  20742       Fax:  301-314-9661