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SVP PREVIEW, TOLKIEN-BASED GALLIFORM
Last week (sorry for the delay), Matt Bonnan joked about
the fact that no one had mentioned his SVP abstract on the
DML. Tracy followed this with.....
<sniff, sniff>, your not alone Matt. No one (not even Naish)
mentioned my poster either :( Of course it's not dinosaurian
(its on Tanystropheus) so I guess it's not the topic of the list.
Don't know what you're talking about Tracy, Naish has not
posted any comments at all on SVP 2002 to any email
discussion group: I did however recently post a writeup of
the recent SVPCA meeting.
I normally don't post new refs on Eocene birds (mostly
because Gerald Mayr publishes so much it's futile to try and
keep up:)) but the following is out...
Dyke, G. J. & Gulas, B. E. 2002. The fossil galliform bird
_Paraortygoides_ from the Lower Eocene of the United
Kingdom. _American Museum Novitates_ 3360, 1-14.
.... and will be of special interest to some because the new
taxon named therein, _P. radagasti_, is yet another Tolkien-
based name to add to the list (Radagast the Brown is a
wizard from Tolkien 1954). On the palaeornithological side
of things, Dyke and Gulas agree with Mayr (2000) that
_Paraortygoides_ is a basal galliform and that megapodes
are more basal than phasianids + cracids. In reviewing other
purported Eocene galliforms, Dyke and Gulas report that
_Argillipes_ and _Percolinus_ lack all diagnostic galliform
characters, and that more material of _Coturnipes_
(described by Olson 1999 as an apparent galliform-falconid
mosaic) is needed.
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