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forthcoming papers on phytosaurs and lepidosauromorphs (a bit of self promotion)

Dear all,
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


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.

                                                        Silvio Renesto


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Prof. Silvio Renesto Department of Structural and Functional Biology Università degli Studi dell'Insubria via Dunant 3 21100 Varese Tel. +39-0332-421560

e-mail: silvio.renesto@uninsubria.it