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tomorrow will be possible receive the pdf of the following article on a new
Middle Jurassic giant archosaur, Razanandrongobe sakalavae. The ref. and
abstract are the following:
Maganuco S., Dal Sasso C., and Pasini G., 2006 - A new large predatory
archosaur from the Middle Jurassic of Madagascar, with remarks on its
affinities and paleobiology. Atti della Società Italiana di Scienze
Naturali e del Museo Civico di Storia Naturale in Milano, 147 (I): 19-51.
Abstract Here we report on the finding of new vertebrate remains from the
Middle Jurassic (Bathonian) of the Mahajanga basin, NW Madagascar, that
represent one of the largest predatory archosaurs from Gondwana. The
remains consist of a fragmentary right maxilla bearing three teeth and
seven isolated teeth that clearly belong to a single taxon. Although the
scarcity of the remains renders
establishment of affinities difficult, the presence of a unique combination
of features including a well developed medial shelf of the maxilla, rostral
and lateral teeth respectively U-shaped and sub-oval in cross-section, and
very large tooth denticles (1 per mm), allows us to erect a new taxon,
sakalavae. Additionally, the structure of the teeth, the peculiar wear of
their enamel, and the morphology of the maxilla strongly suggest that
Razanandrongobe sakalavae often crushed the bones of its prey.
Please contact S. Maganuco (firstname.lastname@example.org) or C. Dal Sasso
(email@example.com) for requiring the pdf (available in normal and high
quality, 1,8 Mb and 8 Mb respectively).