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POISONOUS BIRDS & HISTORICAL BIOLOGY
On poisonous birds, John Bois wrote...
Not likely. Poison in archosaurs is vanishingly rare. I
believe this (the pitohui) is the _only_ poisonous bird.
Note that (while opinions on their systematics differ) there
is not one species of pitohui, but a few at least. Furthermore,
_Pitohui_ is not the only toxic bird. See...
Dumbacher, J. P., Spande, T. F. & Daly, J. W. 2000.
Batrachotoxin alkaloids from passerine birds: a second toxic
bird genus (_Ifrita kowaldi_) from New Guinea.
_Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA_
Moving on, the latest issue of _Historical Biology_ arrived
last week. It of course has Dave Peters' wing paper but there
are also a couple others of interest. Incidentally the volume
is dated as December 2001. I suspect that its publication
was substantially delayed and that actual publication was
December 2002: can anyone confirm?
Peters, D. 2001 (?). A new model for the evolution of the
pterosaur wing - with a twist. _Historical Biology_ 15, 277-
Fiorillo, A. R. & Gangloff, R. A. 2001 (?). The caribou
migration model for Arctic hadrosaurs (Dinosauria:
Ornithischia): a reassessment. _Historical Biology_ 15, 323-
Maisch, M. W. & Hungerbuhler, A. 2001 (?). New evidence
for a discrete supratemporal bone in the Jurassic ichthyosaur
_Temnodontosaurus_. _Historical Biology_ 15, 335-345.
There are also reviews of the Grigg et al. _Crocodilian
Biology and Evolution_ volume (by Jim Farlow) and
Benton et al's. _The Age of Dinosaurs in Russia and
Mongolia_ (by David Fatovsky). Would like to say more on
the above papers but don't have time.
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