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Re: Elopteryx nopscai?



In a message dated 98-07-07 16:51:47 EDT, jrhutch@socrates.berkeley.edu
writes:

<< Is anyone out there familiar w/the current status of this little
 critter?  All I have is Andrews, C.W. 1913. On some bird remains from the
 Upper Cretaceous of Transsylvania. Geological Magazine X(587):193-196.  Any
 updates since then?  Whether the bones go together or not, it's a neat
 avian beastie.  Thanks! >>

Here are some references from Tracy Ford's capacious files:

Genus: Elopteryx ANDREWS, 1913
Etymology: Greek, helos, "swamp, marsh", and Greek, pteryx, "wing", Marsh
Wing.

Species: nopcsai ANDREWS, 1913
Etymology: In honor of Nopcsa.

Holotype: BMNH A 1235

Locality: Szentpeterfalva, Transylvania, Romania.

Horizon: Sinpetru beds, Late Maestrichtian, Late Cretaceous.

Material: Left femur missing distal end.

Referred material:

Distal end of the right tibio-tarsus.
____          ____          ____          ____          ____          ____

GRIGORESCU & KESSLER, 1980

LPB.V. 351

Locality: Left side of the Sibisel valley, half a kilometer upstream from
Sinpetru village, Hateg Basen, South-western part of Transylvania, Romania.

Horizon: Late Cretaceous.

Material: Distal part of left femur.
____          ____          ____          ____          ____          ____

KUROCHKIN, 1995/JURCSAK & KESSLER, 1986

Epiphyseal remains and a well preserved cranium suggest that this is actually
a Pelecaniform bird.

Grigorescu, D. and Kessler, E. 1980. A new specimen of Elopteryx nopcsai
Andrews from the Dinosaurian beds of Hateg Basin. Rev. Roum. Geol., Geophys.
Et Geogr. Geologie, Tome 24: 171-175.

Kurochkin, Evgeny N., 1996. Synopsis of Mesozoic Birds and Early Evolution of
Class Aves. Archaeopteryx, Volume 13: 47-66.

SEE ALSO:

Genus: Bradycneme HARRISON & C. A. WALKER, 1975 (nomen dubium; = Elopteryx?)
Etymology: The generic name is formed from the Greek bradys (= heavy or
massive), cneme (= leg) and is feminine.

Species: draculae HARRISON & C. A. WALKER, 1975
Etymology: From the Romanian word dracul meaning evil one.

Holotype: A 1588

Locality: Szentpeterfalva, Hatszeg, Transylvania, Romania.

Horizon: Sinpetru Beds, Maestrichtian, Late Cretaceous.

Material: Distal end of a right tibotarsus.

Genus: Heptasteronis HARRISON & C. A. WALKER, 1975 (nomen dubium = Elopteryx?)
Etymology: The generic  name is from the Greek hepta (=seven), asty-(=town),
and oris (= a bird), in reference to the name of the area of origin and is
feminine.

Species: andrewsi HARRISON & C. A. WALKER, 1975
Etymology: In honor of C. W. Andrews.

Holotype: A 4359

Locality: Szentpeterfalva, Hatszeg, Transylvania, Romania.

Horizon: Sinpetru beds, Maestrichtian, Late Cretaceous.

Material: Distal end of a left tibiotarsus.

Paratype.
A 1528: Distal end of a left tibiotarsus.

Buffetaut, Eric, Guy Costa, Jean Le Loeuff, Michel Martin, Jean-Claude Rage,
Xavier Valentin, and Haiyan Tong, 1996. An Early Campanian vertebrate fauna
from the Villeyeyrac Basin (Herault, Souther France). N. Jb. Geol. Palaont.
Mh, H. 1: 1-16.

Buffetaut, E., Marandat, B., and Sige, B. 1986. Decourvert de dents de
Deinonychosaures (Saurischia, Theropoda) dans le Creace superieur du Sud de la
France. C. R. Acad. Sc. Paris, t. 303, Serie II, No. 15: 1393-1396.

Le Loeuff, Jean, and Eric Buffetaut, 1995. The Evolution of Late Cretaceous
non-marine vertebrate fauna in Europe. Sixth Symposium on Mesozoic Terrestrial
Ecosystems and Biota, Short Papers, Edited by Ailing Sun and Yuanqing Wang,
Published by China Ocean Press, Beijing: 181-184.

Le Loeuff, Jean, Eric Buffetaut and Michel Martin, 1994. The last stages of
dinosaur faunal history in Europe: a succession of Maastrichtian dinosaur
assemblages from the Corbieres (southern France). Geol. Mag., Volume 131,
Number 5: 625-630.

Le Loeuff, E. Buffetaut, P. Mechin, and A. Mechin-Salessy, 1992. The first
record of dromaeosaurid dinosaur (Saurichia, Theropoda) in the Maastrichtian
of Southern Europe: palaeobiogeographical implications. Bull. Soc. geol. Fr.
1992, t. 163, Nr. 3: 337-343.