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Re: Non-dinos of OZ and NZ
>I'm feeling curious, so I've got a couple of questions that hopefully
>someone can help me with.
>On page 146 of "Dinos of OZ and New Zealand" is a photo of a Pliosaur
>simply captioned "New Queensland Pliosaurid". There seems to be no
>mention of it in the text. Does anyone know if it has been published
>or not? It seems remarkably complete (if it has not be restored).
This is a complete articulated pliosaur skeleton from Richmond, Queensland.
Its a pretty small animal (can't remember off the top of my head how big).
When I spoke to Arthur Cruickshank last year he mentioned (I think...) that
it was related to Leptocleidus but was almost certainly a new genus (for
one thing, has a much longer, more narrow snout than Leptocleidus). The
Richmond pliosaur is as far as I know still being studied.
>Has the Molnar and Thulborn "Australian Anhanguera" paper been
>published in the journal 'Palaeontology' yet?
Or am I being far too
>optimistic (I'm still waiting for Qantassaurus after a year or so).
Join the club...what I'm really waiting for is a description of the big
(15cm when complete) pedal claw described on page 103. Can't say too much
about it (seen a cast - it does bear a striking resemblance to the claw of
another big early-K theropod) but the fact that this thing was in the
Victorian rift valley makes you wonder just what it was feeding on...it had
to be something there more substantial than hypsilophodontids!