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DINO BRAINS/CRESTED PTEROSAUR
Undergoing a financial crisis, I can only afford to come in and check
my emails once a week. I am spending/wasting lots of time writing up
my website - those of you interested in what I have been doing on
Wealden theropods may be interested in the results. There will also
be copious stuff on MARINE REPTILES, the history and fauna of New
Zealand, the evolution of mustelids, FLIGHTLESS BIRDS, cetaceans and
their evolutionary history and details on my field study sites (one
of which has this month been swamped by a massive influx of
stinking dead fish - oh goodee, more hyomandibulars and ceratohyals
for me to identify...).
WRT studying dinosaur brains, Mickey wrote...
> I'll point this guy toward Emily Giffin's work;
Don't forget that Emily is now Emily Buccholz (though, of course, she
was Giffin when she wrote the dino brain stuff).
On another issue (one of many I would like to comment on: time, alas,
is now a luxury), I recently got hold of the recent DISCOVER magazine
issue with the article about exceptionally well preserved
Santana/Crato fossils (I actually bought it for the shark articles,
and then found the fossil stuff afterwards). As Tracy pointed out
here before, the article includes a photo of the new crested
pterosaur that looks superificially like a _Pteranodon_ yet has
_Anhanguera_-like teeth. Ok, here is the news: the photo is very
misleading as it has been gratuitously altered in photoshop. They
have taken the block which houses the fossil and have surrounded it
with a huge border of CG matrix: in reality the block is not much
bigger than the skull itself and its upper edge runs *across* part of
the thing's crest. This means that, contrary to what you can see in
the _Discover_ photo, we do not know how the crest ends. It could be
short, as it is in the CG photo, or it could be very much longer, as
in ostensibly male _Pteranodon ingens_. I am not bitching about
Discover magazine or whoever altered the image: I just want to make
it clear that the photo is not a realistic portrayal of the actual
fossil. As always, never trust the literature!
And on the subject of pterosaurs, Dave Unwin bought to my attention
the fact that the current issue of TREE (_Trends in Ecology and
Evolution_) has a big review article on pterosaur biology. I have
only seen the cover: it pictures a _Sordes_ specimen and says
'pterosaur biology: back to the traditional model'.
"After careful consideration... I must agree.. that Jar Jar must die"
Echoing the sentiments of the community at large.
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