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forthcoming papers on phytosaurs and lepidosauromorphs (a bit of self promotion)
In the forthcoming issue of RIVISTA ITALIANA DI PALEONTOLOGIA E
STRATIGRAFIA 109 n.3 (all in English, peer reviewed, etc.), due to be out
on December 2003, there will be two papers on mesozoic reptiles: Usually
the abstracts can be browsed freely at the journal web site, but for
technical reason (unknown to me, having moved from there) this is not yet
possible. For this reason titles and abstracts are reported here below for
those interested. Other may push the trash button here.
The papers are:
Silvio Renesto & Renato Posenato
A NEW LEPIDOSAUROMORPH REPTILE FROM THE MIDDLE TRIASSIC OF THE DOLOMITES
Abstract. A new genus and species of diapsid reptile is described. The
specimen was collected from the Anisian (Middle Triassic) succession of
Monte Prà della Vacca (Kühwiesenkopf) in the Dolomites of Braies
(Bolzano/Bozen, Northern Italy). Despite being incomplete, the specimen
shows enough characters to allow its placement within Lepidosauriformes,
close to the Middle Jurassic genus Marmoretta. The importance of this find
lies in the great rarity of lepidosauriforms of Anisian age, an epoch
approximating the appearance of the first members of the true Lepidosauria
(rhyncocephalians and squamates). The new genus may thus add knowledge to
the diversity of early lepidosaurians.
Emanuele Gozzi & Silvio Renesto
A complete specimen of Mystriosuchus (Reptilia, Phytosauria) from the Norian
(LAte Triassic) of Lombardy (Northern Italy)
Abstract: A complete and nearly articulated new phytosaur specimen is
described in detail. The skeleton, about 4 metres long, has been collected
from the uppermost level of the Calcare di Zorzino (Norian, Upper Triassic)
in the small quarry of Endenna (Bergamo, Northern Italy). Available
characters of the skull allow assignment of this long-snouted, uncrested
phytosaur to Mystriosuchus planirostris Von Meyer 1863. The postcranial
anatomy, detailed here for the first time for this species, suggests a
stronger adaptation to aquatic life in Mystriosuchus than in other
phytosaurs, and may increase available data to improve our knowledge of the
systematic relatonships among phytosaurs. The discovery of this nearly
complete skeleton in a marine intraplatfom basin suggests that a short
post-mortem transport of the carcass occurred and thus this phytosaur may
have lived other in a fresh water environment rather than in a shallow
marine habitat, close to emerged lands.
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Thanks for reading until here and apologies for cross posting.
"there's treasure everywhere"
(from a strip of Calvin & Hobbes)
"The bad man is the job of the good man"
Prof. Silvio Renesto
Department of Structural and Functional Biology
Università degli Studi dell'Insubria
via Dunant 3