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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.

Moving on.... 

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.

Darren Naish
School of Earth & Environmental Sciences
University of Portsmouth UK, PO1 3QL

email: darren.naish@port.ac.uk
tel: 023 92846045