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New in -Trans. Kansas Acad. Sci._



  Gregory A. Liggett, G. A. 2005. A review of the dinosaurs from Kansas.
    _Transactions of the Kansas Academy of Science_ 108(1):1-14.

Abstract:
  "Although Kansas is best known for an abundance of marine fossils from the
   Late Cretaceous, there may be up to 16 dinosaur records from the state.
These
   are (in order of discovery): 1) the Mudge tracks from the Dakota Formation
of
   Clay County; 2) the hadrosaur, Claosaurus agilis, from the Niobrara Chalk of
   Logan County; 3) the Snow track from the Dakota of Ellsworth County; 4) the
   "fossil turtle" specimen from the Dakota of Cloud County, which appears to
be
   an ankylosaurid sacrum; 5) a vertebra from the Pierre Shale of Logan County;
   6) a partial vertebra from the Kiowa Formation or Cheyenne Sandstone of
Clark
   County; 7) nodosaurid dermal scutes from the Niobrara of Lane County; 8) a
   partial skeleton of the nodosaurid, "*Hierosaurus sternbergii*," from the
   Niobrara of Gove County; 9) a partial skeleton of the nodosaurid,
   *Niobrarasaurus coleii*, from the Niobrara of Gove County; 10) a large slab
   containing tracks and trackways from the Dakota of Lincoln County; 11)
   possible dinosaur gastroliths from the Dakota of Clay County; 12) a partial
   skeleton of the nodosaurid, *Silvisaurus condrayi*, from the Dakota of
Ottawa
   County; 13) a partial skeleton of a nodosaurid from the Niobrara of Rooks
   County; 14) a natural mold of a *Silvisaurus*(?) sacrum from the Dakota of
   Russell County; 15) two associated limb bones of cf. *Niobrarasaurus coleii*
   from the Niobrara of Lane County; and 16) a dinosaur footprint from the
   Dakota of Ellsworth County. Of these 16 specimens, five (specimens 1, 3, 4,
   6, and 11) are lost. The dinosaur record of Kansas spans the late Albian to
   the early Campanian, and includes diverse depositional settings that are not
   otherwise well represented in the dinosaur fossil record."


  Everhart, M. J. and S. A. Hamm. 2005. A new nodosaur specimen (Dinosauria:
    Nodosauridae) from the Smoky Hill Chalk (Upper Cretaceous) of western
    Kansas. _Transactions of the Kansas Academy of Science_ 108(1):15-21.

Abstract:
  "The right ulna and radius of a small nodosaur were recovered from the Smoky
   Hill Chalk Member (Upper Santonian) of the Niobrara Formation in October,
   2000. Based on the similarity of the specimen in comparison with the
holotype
   of *Niobrarasaurus coleii*, and the relatively small size of the remains,
the
   bones are considered to be those of a juvenile *N. coleii*. The presence of
   two parallel scratch marks on the distal shaft of the radius, and the
   partially digested appearance of the proximal and distal ends of both bones,
   suggest that the lower limb had been detached from the carcass as the result
   of scavenging, most likely by the large lamniform shark, *Cretoxyrhina
   mantelli*. Although the remains of terrestrial vertebrates are not unknown
   from sediments deposited in the Late Cretaceous Western Interior Sea,
   additional discoveries are infrequent and valuable sources of information
   regarding the terrestrial fauna of the time."


  Engel, M. S. 2005. A remarkable kalligrammatid lacewing from the Upper
    Jurassic of Kazakhstan (Neuroptera: Kalligrammatidae). _Transactions of the
    Kansas Academy of Science_ 108(1):59-62.

Abstract:
  "A new species of kalligrammatid lacewing is described and figured as
   *Meioneurites spectabilis* Engel n. sp. from the Jurassic of Karatau,
   Kazakhstan. The species is distinguished from all other Meioneurites species
   on the basis of wing venation and is the most completely preserved specimen
   of its genus and perhaps for the family. Owing to the dramatically expanded
   costal space and forked costal veinlets the species is placed in a separate
   subgenus, *Parameioneurites* Engel, n. subgen."

  Cheers,

Jaime A. Headden

  Little steps are often the hardest to take.  We are too used to making leaps 
in the face of adversity, that a simple skip is so hard to do.  We should all 
learn to walk soft, walk small, see the world around us rather than zoom by it.

"Innocent, unbiased observation is a myth." --- P.B. Medawar (1969)


                
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