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Re: PURBECK VOLUME AT LAST
sorry, I just went to the site and do not find that issue listed. What is the
Kenneth Carpenter, Ph.D.
Curator of Lower Vertebrate Paleontology &
Dept. of Earth Sciences
Denver Museum of Natural History
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Denver, CO 80205
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At long last, the Purbeck volume is out.
Milner, A. R. & Batten, D. J. (eds) 2002. Life and
Environment in Purbeck Times. _Special Paper in
Palaeontology_ 68, 268.
Ordering information should be available at www.palass.org
The papers of interest are...
Evans, S. E. & McGowan, G. J. Lissamphibian remains
from the Purbeck Limestone Group, southern England, pp.
Two salamanders - the new crown-group urodele
_Apricosiren ensomi_and a batrachosauroidid-like form -
are reported as is albanerpetontid material and the new
discoglossid-like frog _Sunnybatrachus purbeckensis_
(Sunnydown Farm Quarry is an important Purbeck
Salisbury, S. W. Crocodilians from the Lower Cretaceous
(Berriasian) Purbeck Limestone Group of Dorset, southern
England, pp. 121-144.
Of the 13 Purbeck crocodyliforms, only _Goniopholis
crassidens_, _G. simus_., _G. (_Nannosuchus_)
gracilidens_, _Pholidosaurus purbeckensis_ and
_Theriosuchus pusillus_ are considered valid. Alas poor
_Oweniasuchus_.... A tooth (preserved on the same slab as
the _Parviraptor estesi_ Evans 1994) suggested to be
referable to _Lisboasaurus_ is regarded as incertae sedis, so
no evidence in the Purbeck for this genus.
Evans, S. E. & Searle, B. Lepidosaurian reptiles from the
Purbeck Limestone Group of Dorset, southern England, pp.
This is a pretty valuable review of lepidosaur tooth
morphology and terminology. The new scincomorph
_Parasaurillus_ is named for material that Hoffstetter (1967)
referred to Owen's (1854) species _Saurillus obtusus_ (the
holotype lower jaw of which is lost) and the sphenodontians
_Homoeosaurus_ and _Opisthias_ are present at
Sunnydown Farm Quarry.
Norman, D. B. & Barrett, P. M. Ornithischian dinosaurs
from the Lower Cretaceous (Berriasian) of England, pp.
This is the long-awaited redescription of _Iguanodon
hoggii_ Owen 1874 - renamed _Camptosaurus hoggii_
herein - and _Echinodon_. Intriguingly Norman and Barrett
note that the former assignment 'calls into question the
affinities' of _I. fittoni_, _I. dawsoni_ and _C. depressus_.
Good: it's becoming clear that most of the British stuff
conventionally referred to _Iguanodon_ is not definitely
referable to this genus. _C. hoggii_ is compared
extensively with the other camptosaurs (except
_Draconyx_) and they also describe and figure some
referred material including a femur, dorsal centrum, pedal
phalanx and tibia. Some of this is from the Speeton Clay in
_Echinodon_ is treated to an extensive description and
discussion (of course they favour the view that it is
heterodontosaurid). A tooth and one caudal vertebra from
Purbeck represent the only evidence for ankylosaurs and
reported stegosaur material (Benton and Spencer 1995) is
considered to probably represent indeterminate sauropods.
Milner, A. C. Theropod dinosaurs of the Purbeck Limestone
Group, southern England, pp. 191-201.
The dromaeosaurid identity of _Nuthetes_ is established
based on denticle and tooth morphology features and a
partial right metatarsal III (254mm long) is also suggested
to be from a dromaeosaur (though a possible
oviraptorosaurian identity is also considered... this is ruled
out because of chronological/biogeographical evidence but
this predates Naish and Martill 2002 on _Thecocoelurus_).
Milner also says that _Nuthetes_ is the first dromaeosaur
reported from Britain; this might indicate that she disagrees
with the proposed dromaeosaurid identity of
Ensom, P. C. Vertebrate trace fossils in the Purbeck
Limestone Group of southern England, pp. 203-220.
Tracks, coprolites and so on.
Ensom, P. C. Reptile eggshell, tiny vertebrate remains and
globular calcified cartilage from the Purbeck Limestone
Group of southern England, pp. 221-249.
Some of the eggshell fragments might be from sauropods
and there are also various tiny dinosaur teeth, some of
which appear to be from a form with _Camarasaurus_-like
Sigogneau-Russell, D. & Kielan-Jaworowska, Z. Mammals
from the Purbeck Limestone Group of Dorset, southern
England, pp. 241-255.
A detailed review covering the multituberculates,
docodonts, 'tricodonts' (including mention of a new large
form something like _Austrotriconodon_ from Campanian
Argentina), dryolestoids, peramurids and so on. _Tinodon_
is reported from Sunnydown Farm (its first record outside
of the Morrison) but of course this has by now been
described (as _T. micron_) by Ensom and Sigogneau-
Russell (2000: _Cret. Res._ 21, 767-779).
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