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Return from SVPCA
Hello. Returned recently from the 51st SVPCA, held this
year at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History,
Oxford. Great fun and much stuff of interest on basal
tetrapods, lissamphibians, marine reptiles, pterosaurs,
dinosaurs and even mammals. Highlights include the new
high strangeness of _Ichthyostega_ revealed by Per
Ahlberg; the tiny tiny Thai theropod embryos announced by
Eric Buffetaut; Angela Milner, Patricio Dominguez-Alonso
et al's new 3-D scans of the _Archaeopteryx_ braincase; and
the total power failure during the penultimate session of the
last day. Alas don't have time now to do a proper writeup
but will try and do so next week.
Yes Lorna Steel (and Dave Unwin) did talk about the new
Isle of Wight ornithocheirid, Sanchez-Villagra et al. did
announce their new data on _Phoberomys_, and yes the
stories about me and Martill's hat are true. And talking of
Martill, the reason _Big Monster Dig_ is no longer showing
on Channel 4 is because it's been 'rescheduled': viewing
figures weren't good enough.
Moving on, I don't know if the following have been
announced but they are out...
Moser, M. 2003. _Plateosaurus engelhardti_ Meyer, 1837
(Dinosauria: Sauropodomorpha) aus dem Feuerletten
(Mittelkeuper; Obertrias) von Bayern. _Zitteliana_ B 24, 3-
Rauhut, O. W. M. 2003. A tyrannosauroid dinosaur from
the Upper Jurassic of Portugal. _Palaeontology_ 46, 903-
The latter describes the new taxon _Aviatyrannis jurassica_
(which means 'tyrant's grandmother from the Jurassic').
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