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Also in _Palaeontology_
Also in the new _Palaeontology_, mentioned briefly by Jerry Harris, includes
a few other tidbits:
Senter, P. 2006. Forelimb function in *Ornitholestes hermanni* Osborn
(Dinosauria, Theropoda). _Palaeontology_ 49 (5):1029-1034.
"*Ornitholestes hermanni* is a Late Jurassic theropod dinosaur from North
America. This kinematic study of 8Ornitholestes* uses manual manipulations
forelimb casts to determine range of motion. The manual phalanges of the *O.
hermanni* holotype, previously unidentified, are here identified as
I-1, I-2 (ungual), II-2 and II-3 (ungual). At all represented manual joints,
hyperextensibility is small or absent, whereas flexion is strong, as in most
other theropods. The elbow can be strongly flexed beyond a right angle. When
data on range of forelimb motion in *Ornitholestes* are added to such data
from other theropods, high elbow flexion is present in maniraptoriform
coelurosaurs but not in basal theropods. Forelimb functions requiring strong
elbow flexion (such as holding objects to the chest, or tucking the forearms
in for their protection or to reduce wind resistance or heat loss) were
therefore available to maniraptoriform coelurosaurs but not to basal
Fröbish, N.B. and Fröbish, J. 2006. A new basal pterosaur genus from the
Triassic of the Northern Calcareous Alps of Switzerland. _Palaeontology_
"A lower jaw with multicusped teeth and a number of unique characteristics
discovered in an extensive exposure of the Upper Triassic Kössen Formation
the Northern Calcareous Alps. The ramus of the jaw is high and dominated by
row of large, oval foramina that lies parallel to the tooth row. In
the anterior portion of the dentary exhibits a large number of nutritive
foramina and small pits, which might indicate an association with a soft
tissue structure and/or the presence of a keratinous cover of that area
during life. All elements of the jaw are thin-walled and hollow, possibly
pneumatic. Two teeth are preserved within the dentary. One is tricuspid and
the other bears four cuSPS. The teeth are noticeably small in comparison
the overall size of the ramus, being only one-third of the height of the
ramus. The teeth show a strong similarity to those of the well-known basal
pterosaur genus *Eudimorphodon*, whose jaw morphology, however, clearly
differs from the specimen described in this study. The dentition and the
pneumatic bone structure make an assignment to the Pterosauria plausible.
Based on the great number of distinct morphological characters the specimen
is described as *Caviramus schesaplanensis* gen. et sp. nov."
In addition, a new Early Cretaceous ichthyosaur from the Northwest
Territories is described by Maxwell and Caldwell as *Maiaspondylus lindoei*;
Dorfelt and Schmidt describe a slime mold caught in Baltic amber; and Dave
Polly and others describe the bulla apparatus of *Vivveravus acutus* for the
first time, comprised soley of an ectotympanic.
The issue is almost worth buying outright!
And before anyone asks, no, I do not have these papers and I do not have
access to online _Palaeontology_, however much that would be wonderful to have.
Jaime A. Headden
"Innocent, unbiased observation is a myth." --- P.B. Medawar (1969)
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