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Re: Arambourgiania citation
What is the citation for the paper in which the genus _Arambourgiania_ was
first published as a replacement for the preoccupied _Titanopteryx_? I have
seen three different citations floating around, one that I have a copy of
does not contain any mention of this name, and I have some doubts on the
The correct citation (which I don't have and so can't verify directly)
seems to be:
Nessov, L.A., Kanznyshkina, L.F., and Cherepanov, G.O. 1987. Dinosaurs,
crocodiles and other archosaurs from the Late mesozoic of central Asia and
their place in ecosystems. Abstracts of the 33rd session of the All-Union
Palaeontological Society, Leningrad, pp. 46-47. [In Russian].
This is what is cited in:
Martill, D. M., E. Frey, R. M. Sadaqah, and H. N. Khoury. 1998. Discovery of
the holotype of the giant pterosaur Titanopteryx philadelphiae Arambourg
1959, and the status of Arambourgiania and Quetzalcoatlus. Neues Jahrbuch
fÃr Geologie unde PalÃontologie Abhandlungen 207:57-78.
However, Nessov himself (ref. #13), in:
Nessov, L. A. 1991. Gigantic pterosaurs of the family Azhdarchidae. I.
Morphology and taxonomy. Bulletin of Leningrad University, Series 7, Geology
and Geography 2:13-23.
...cites something in Russian that I can't read -- may or may not be the
same thing; it's got the same year, and three authors, but the initials &
several letters in the names don't match; no page numbers are given, and the
journal name appears to be abbreviated:
ÐÐÑÐÐ Ð.Ð., ÐÐÐÐÐÐÐÐ, Ð.Ð., ÐÑÐÐÐÑÐÐÐÐ, Ð.Ð. ÐÐÐÑÐ ÐÐÑÑÐÐÐÑÐÐÐÐÐÐÑ Ð ÑÐÐÐÐÐÑ
ÑÐÑÐÐÑÐÐÐÐÐÑ ÐÐÑÐÐÑÑÑÑ ÑÐÑÑÐÑÐÑÐÐ // ÐÐÐ. ÐÐÐÐ. ÐÑÑÐ. 1987. No. 4.
Thus, I'm not certain what this latter paper is, but if anyone knows and/or
has a copy, please let me know!
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