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New Refs #33

Ok - sorry for the vacation but other things have been vacuuming up my

First off, we seem to have a Gideon Mantell fest going on - three
books coming out this year, one has hit the Museum here

Dean, D.R. 1999. Gideon Mantell and the Discovery of dinosaurs.
       Cambridge U. Press, ISBN 0-521-42048-2. Hbk.

Amazon lists two more coming out, an edited volume by Dennis Dean
(above also) and David Norman entitled - Gideon Algernon Mantell: A
Bibliography with Supplementary Essays. Part of the Histories and
Earth Sciences Series of Scholars Facsimilies and Reprint Press. And
by Brooke Hartzog called Iguanodon and Gideon Mantell which I know
little about. Hopefully, these will give some good info on Mantell.

And now onto some papers...

A quickie about a new Miocene avian dinosaur that just came in...

Kessler, E. & V. Codrea. 1996. A bird from the Middle Miocene
   (Badenian) of Zarand Depression (Western Romania).
   Studia Universitatis Babes-Bolyai, Geologia 41(2):127-130.

A new species of Anser.

A theoretical paper of importance to group in which size is a big
factor -

Blackburn, T.M. & K.J. Gaston. 1999. The relationship between
   animal abundance and body size: a review of the mechanisms.
   Advances in Ecological Research, 28:181-210.

Nice review of the ecological relationships. Gaston does some of the
most interesting ecological research done by anyone these days.

Two from France...

Mourer-Chauvire, C. 1999. The relationships between Lower Tertiary
   Avifaunas of Europe and South America. Bull. Soc. Geol.
   France, 170(1):85-90. [In french with abridged English version].

Interesting biogeographic study suggesting that Europe, N. America and
S. America had very similar avifaunas during the Lower Tertiary,
different from that of Africa, and that this fauna is mostly
represented now in the living avifauna of South America. She suggests
that the fauna dispersed originally at the end of the Cretaceous or
Paleocene from S. America to Europe via N. America.

Knoll, F., E. Buffetaut & M. Bulow. 1999. A theropod braincase
   from the Jurassic of the Vaches Noires Cliffs (Normandy, France):
   osteology and palaeoneurology. Bull. Soc. Geol. France,

As above, study suggest the braincase is not Eustreptospondylus
oxoniensis or Piveteausaurus divesensis. Its features share more in
common with Allosaurus fragilis than with later forms such as Trex.
Discusses CT use in this context. No taxon named, thankfully, on just
the braincase.

Lots more to do but I'll end with 3 papers from Japanese journals..

McGowan, G.J. 1998. Frontals as diagnostic indicators
   in fossil albanerpetonid amphibians. Bull. Nat. Sci. Mus.,
   Tokyo, Series C, 24(3/4):185-194.

This is an extinct group of amphibs known from Jurassic to Miocene
deposits. Detailed discussion of the characters that allow
paleontologists to identify them.

Hasegawa, Y., M. Manabe, H. Hirano & F. Takahashi. 1998.
   A turtle from the Early Jurassic Toyora Group, Yamaguchi,
   Japan. Mem. Nat. Sci. Mus., Tokyo, No. 31:67-72.

Cute new specimen of the shell, plastron and associated skull and
other skeletal material, mostly still unprepared and awaiting more
work by someone. Cute though.

Manabe, M. & Y. Hasegswa. 1998. A crocodile from the
   Early Jurassic Toyora Group, Yamaguchi,  Japan. Mem.
   Nat. Sci. Mus., Tokyo, No. 31:67-72.

Foot and dorsal and caudal verts and osteoderms. Similar to
atoposaurid Alligatorellus beaumonti beaumonti from Upper Jurassic of

Much more later, gotta scat...

Ralph Chapman, NMNH