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Many New Papers
Hi All -
Many new things across my desk after several weeks out of the
orifice...er, office -- I haven't yet read most of these, and I haven't
tracked down abstracts of them on-line yet (and I'm too busy to type them in
manually), so forgive me if details are scant. I do NOT have PDFs of any of
these, so please don't ask, although if I get PDFs in the future, I'll let
the list know.
Yuan, C. 2004. Further study of Yanornis martini (Ornithurae) from the
Mesozoic Jehol Biota in western Liaoning, China. Acta Geologica Sinica
Note that this is NOT the English Edition of this journal, and no
English version yet exists (unlike _Chinese Science Bulletin_, _AGS_ has yet
to synchronize their Chinese and English editions -- they remain two
completely unrelated and unconnected journals). Anyway, in this paper, a
new specimen of this taxon is briefly described, apparently fossilized in
the act of choking on a fish, and indeed there is a BIG fish butt sticking
out of where the mouth ought to be. Recalling the problems with
interpretations of "cannibal" _Coelophysis_, I'm a bit skeptical of the
coincedence, but then again, I haven't seen the specimen, either.
Lü, J., and Ji, Q. 2005. New azhdarchid pterosaur from the Early Cretaceous
of western Liaoning. Acta Geologica Sinica (English Edition) 79:301-307.
New, reportedly azhdarchid pterosaur _Eoazhdarcho liaoxiensis_ from
the Jiufotang Formation. Lower jaw, no skull, better part of the
postcranial but few vertebrae.
Ji, Q., Ji, S., Cheng, Y., You, H., Lü, J., and Yuan, C. 2004. The first
fossil soft-shell eggs with embryos from Late Mesozoic Jehol Biota of
western Liaoning, China. Acta Geoscientia Sinica 25:275-285.
Actually, I have seen this one, but don't have it yet. Discusses
the pterosaur egg & embryo, but is more concerned with new specimens of a
new species of _Hyphalosaurus_, _H. baitaigouensis_ from the Jiufotang Fm.,
that is surrounded by eggs with barely-ossified embryos in them.
Lü, J., and Zhang, B. 2005. New pterodactyloid pterosaur from the Yixian
Formation of western Liaoning. Geological Review 51:458-462.
A supposed pteranodontid, _Eopteranodon lii_ from (where else?) the
Yixian Fm. Only the abstract is in English, so I can't comment much other
than that its diagnosis to this clade is based on its plesiomorphic short
cervicals and elongate, toothless skull.
Ye, Y., Gao, Y.-H., and Jiang, S. 2005. A new genus of sauropod from Zigong,
Sichuan. Vertebrata PalAsiatica 43:175-181.
New "bellusaurine" brachiosaurid, _Daanosaurus zhangi_ from the
Upper Jurassic of Sichuan. Apparently has some skull material; some
vertebrae are figured and postcranial bones are mentioned (again, only
English is an abstract). Reportedly a juvenile individual.
Zan, S.-Q., Chen, J., Jin, L.-Y., and Li, T. 2005. A primitive ornithopod
from the Early Cretaceous Quantou Formation of central Jilin, China.
Vertebrata PalAsiatica 43:182-193.
A reportedly very primitive ornithopod, _Changchunsaurus parvus_,
with 5 premaxillary teeth, very short edentulous portion of the premax, a
short diastema, premax margin even with that of the maxilla, a jugal boss,
and something called a "nubble structure" on the jugal. A longer-than-usual
You may now commence drooling.
Jerry D. Harris
Director of Paleontology
Dixie State College
225 South 700 East
St. George, UT 84770
Phone: (435) 652-7758
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