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Stormbergia dangershoeki, new Early Jurassic ornithischian from South Africa




Thank you to the kind soul who forwarded me this reference. I haven't seen this article yet, but it looks interesting...


Butler, R.J. (2005). The 'fabrosaurid' ornithischian dinosaurs of the Upper Elliot Formation (Lower Jurassic) of South Africa and Lesotho. Zoological Journal (London) 145: 175-218.

Abstract: "The Upper Elliot Formation of South Africa and Lesotho contains the world's most diverse fauna of early Jurassic ornithischian dinosaurs. Nevertheless, despite four decades of work on this fauna there remains significant taxonomic confusion and many important specimens remain undescribed. A review of the non-heterodontosaurid ('fabrosaurid') ornithischians of the Upper Elliot Formation is presented, following re-examination of all known ornithischian material from the Elliot Formation. '_Fabrosaurus australis_' is based upon a single undiagnostic dentary, and is here considered a nomen dubium. _Lesothosaurus diagnosticus_ is considered to be valid and is rediagnosed based upon a unique combination of plesiomorphic and derived characteristics. _Stormbergia dangershoeki_ gen. et. sp. nov. is described from three partial skeletons including numerous postcranial material. _Stormbergia dangershoeki_ is significantly larger than previously described Elliot Formation ornithischians, and can be recognized on the basis of a unique combination of characters, the most important of which is the possession of a distinctive tab-shaped obturator process on the ischium. A preliminary systematic analysis is presented, the results of which differ significantly from other recent ornithischian phylogenies."