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First reference to Gastonia
I suppose my lone contribution to dinosaur science thusfar is my location of
the oldest known reference to the generic name _Gastonia_. I haven't given
any detailed information about this reference until now.
Here you go:
Bakker, Robert T. "Unearthing the Jurassic." In: _Science Year 1995_, pages
76-89. Chicago, London, Sydney, Toronto: World Book Inc., 1994.
Science Year is an annual supplement to the World Book encyclopedia set,
occasionally featuring dinosaur-related articles. This article is about,
well, the animals that lived during the Jurassic, but I suppose Bakker
couldn't resist sneaking in some of his new names. He mentions the new
_Apatosaurus_ (= Brontosaurus of his usage, of course), but doesn't note a
species name (which we now know is _A. yahnahpin_). Also mentioned are two
"In 1992, Robert Gaston, volunteering for the Price museum, discovered two
creatures that lived just after the end of the Jurassic. One was the predator
_Utahraptor_ ("Utah's raptor), a 6-meter (20-foot) killer with sharp-edged
claws on its forelimbs and feet. The other was the herbivore _Gastonia_, a
one-ton, bony dino-tank."
Something I found rather curious was the caption to Pat Redman's Como Bluff
painting (which can be found in Psihoyo's _Hunting Dinosaurs), which includes
at least one name which I know I haven't heard of anywhere else:
"A _Brontosaurus_ towers over other prehistoric animals in a 1994 depiction of
life in the Jurassic Period. A pterodactyl called _Wyomingopteryx_ flies
above the water, as the rat-tailed mammal _Zofiabataar_ and the ring-tailed
_Foxraptor_ climb on low branches. Underwater swim a _Uluops_ turtle and a
small laosaur about to fall prey to a lungfish called _Ceratodus robustus_.
On the shore, a hungry _Goniopholis_ crocodile is also on the attack."
I have never seen "Wyomingopteryx" before or since. (Get out your pterosaur
genus lists and add "Wyomingopteryx" Bakker, 1994 [nomen nudum] as Pterosauria
incertae sedis.) It's restored as a pterodactyloid, by the way.
Whether all of the other genera mentioned in the caption have been described
is beyond me. BTW, what the heck is a "laosaur"? (I have a feeling he's
referring to _Drinker_.)
Science Year has also had a couple other rare Bakker articles. Here are the
Bakker, Robert T. 1995. "Pterodactyls -- Flying Marvels of the Mesozoic."
In: _Science Year 1996_, pages 60-73. Chicago, London, Sydney, Toronto: World
Book Inc., 1995. (This one has a nice color frontispiece by Pat Redman.)
Stille, Darlene R. 1991. "Dinosaur Scientist: An Interview with Robert
Bakker." In: _Science Year 1992_, pages 102-119. Chicago, London, Sydney,
Toronto: World Book Inc., 1991.
If any of you want copies of these refs, just ask me off-list.
If Science Year yields any more articles, I'll fill you guys in.