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New Refs #21

And now for a new batch....
The Russian articles are from the English translation version

Tatarinov, L.P. 1998. On the taxonomic position of Phthinosaurus
   (Reptilia, Theriodontia). Paleontological J. 32(2):197-199.

Quick note suggesting that genus is not an *eotheriodont* but should
be its own, new family.

Arkhangelsky, M.S. 1998. On the ichthyosaurian fossils from the
   Volgian Stage of the Saratov Region. Paleontological J. 32(2):192-196.

Describes two new species of ichthyos of Upper Jurassic age. 
Paraophthalmosaurus saratoviensis and Brachypterygius zhuravlevi.
Vertebral and limb material on the first, scrappy stuff on the second.

Efimov, V.M. 1998. An ichthyosaur, Otschevia pseudoscythica gen. et
   sp. Nov. From the Upper Jurassic strata of the Ulyanovsk Region
   (Volga Region). Paleontological J. 32(2):187-191.

Moderate amount of material available for it. No head but some teeth.

Spicer, R.A. & A.B. Herman. 1998. Cretaceous climate of Asia and
  Alaska:  a comparison of paleobotanical evidence with a climate
  computer model. Paleontological J. 32(2):105-118.

General discussion of the climate of these two important regions during
the Cretaceous. Rather different from now.

A quickie on some fossil bird material (avian dinos)

Miller, E.R., D.T. Rasmussen & E. L. Simons. 1997. Fossil storks
   (Ciconiidae) from the Late Eocene and Early Miocene of Egypt.
   Ostrich, 68(1):23-26.

Two tibiotarsii. Earliest African stork and may be earliest known for
the world. The later one is earliest appearance for modern stork in
Africa. North Africa now has the most complete record for modern
storks and these support conclusions on paleoenvironments of North
Africa during that time.

I have managed to obtain a publication of a series I didn*t know about,
Natura Nascosta, published by the Gruppo Speleologico Monfalconese
ADF and Museo Paleontologico Cittadino in Monfalcone. This is #15
and has some dino stuff in it.

Brizio, C. 1997. The Great Transylvanian Dinosaur Expedition 1997:
   a very nice rose with too many thorns. Natura Nascosta, 15:3-21.
   [In Italian].

A report on the trials and tributions of last field season*s field work
in Transylvania with a group that included Wesihampel. Lot*s of field
and camp pictures. Looks like lots of rain made it fun. Wish I could
read Italian.

Vecchia, F.M.D. 1997. Dinosauri Cretacei nella Piattaforma Carbonatica
   Adriatico-Dinarica. . Natura Nascosta, 15:22-28.  [In Italian].

Createous dinosaur material from the west Tethys region. Looks like
more island stuff. Looks like nice theropod footprints and some large
sauropod vertebrae. Couldn*t catch the exact locality data - really wish
I could read Italian - Anyone know where Istria is? Will have to look
it up. Didn*t see any taxonomic assignments.

Vecchia, F.M.D. 1997. Mesozoic amphibia and Reptilia stored at the
   Museum of Paleontology of the University of Padua.
   Natura Nascosta, 15:34-43. In English.

Includes temnospondyl material from Germany referred to
Discosauriscus, Branchiosaurus, trematosaurus, Capitosaurus,
Lepidosaurus and Hamatopus. Some Brazilian mesosaur material
referred to Stereosternum, a questionable Solnhofen sphenodont
Homoeosaurus, some cast Mosasaurus material, a pile of
nothosaur material including Nothosaurus and a batch of
Lariosaurus, plesiosaur material including Plesiosaurus italicus
vertebrae and a cast of the BMNH P. dolichodeirus and
Tridentinosaurus, the *thecodont* Chirotherium, some
croc material referred to Steneosaurus from Holzmaden and
the type for S. barettoni from Italy and some croc indet. Teeth.
There is also some cast Pterodactylus antiquus and a real 
specimen of Rhamphorhychus gemmingi, both from Solnhofen,
a theropod footprint from Istria, some egg-shell material from
among the dinosaurs, and a batch of ichthyosaur material
referred to Mixosaurus cornalianus (Swiss and maybe Italian
material here), german Stenopterygius material, English
Temnodontosaurus material, and some indet. Material and real
and cast material referred to Ichthyosaurus.  Finally, we round out
with some Placodus material. I think Rieppel has probably mined
out this material a good deal.

That*s enough for now...

Ralph Chapman