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Re: MAASTRICHTIAN MARINE REPTILES, NEW VOLUME
email@example.com dutifly reports:
<< Have done a quick search of the DML archives and the
following does not seem to have been mentioned, so here
we go. The following new volume arrived this week...
Mulder, E. W. A. 2003. _On Latest Cretaceous Tetrapods
from the Maastrichtian Type Area_. Publicaties van het
Natuurhistorisch Genootschap in Limburg, Reeks XLIV,
aflevering 1. Stichting Natuurpublicaties Limburg,
Maastricht, pp. 188.
-- Comparative osteology, palaeocology and systematics of
the Late Cretaceous turtle _Allopleuron hofmanni_ (Gray
1831) from the Maastrichtian type area. Mulder, E. W. A.
This is the definitive work on _Allopleuron_, a chelonioid
probably close to the clade that includes _Syllomus_ and
extant cheloniines. With a rather flat carapace (recalling that
of extant _Natator_) and a surprisingly long tail, I think
_Allopleuron_ looks odd. It appears to have been restricted
to areas where sea grasses grew and conceivably co-evolved
with these plants. >>
I briefly saw this volume a few weeks ago at the New Jersey State
Museum and I did a monstrous double-take (remember Jimmy Findlayson in the
and Hardy flicks? He was also the guy who invented the Homerian "D'oh!") when
I saw the long tail of this turtle. Also, does anyone know of any other
instances of fossil Mesozoic marine vegetation besides the Maastricht
<< -- A large new mosasaur from the Upper Cretaceous of The
Netherlands. Dortangs, R. W., Schulp, A. S., Mulder, E. W.
A., Jagt, W. M., Peeters, H. H. G. de Graaf, D. Th.
This is the description of _Prognathodon saturator_, also
known technically as The Chunky Mother (joke). The type
specimen was scavenged by sharks. Dan Varner did the art. >>
Art is way too kind a word. Let's just say I'm responsible (guilty)
for the image. It was a rush job and not the painting I had in mind. DV