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GSA Special Paper 427 and _Baptornis varneri_



Geological Society of America - Special Paper 427
The Geology and  Paleontology of the Late Cretaceous Marine Deposits of the 
Dakotas
edited by  James E. Martin and David C. Parris
http://rock.geosociety.org/Bookstore/default.asp?oID=0&catID=9&pID=SPE427
 
Table of Contents:
1. Introduction to the geology and paleontology of  the Late Cretaceous 
marine deposits of the Dakotas
D.C. Parris, S.Y. Shelton,  and J.E. Martin
2. Revised lithostratigraphy of the lower Pierre Shale Group (Campanian) of  
central South Dakota, including newly designated members 
J.E. Martin, J.L.  Bertog, and D.C. Parris  
3. Geochemical and mineralogical recognition of the bentonites in the lower  
Pierre Shale Group and their use in regional stratigraphic correlation. 
J.  Bertog, W. Huff, and J.E. Martin
4. Stratigraphy and paleoecology of the middle Pierre Shale along the  
Missouri River, central South Dakota 
P.A. Hanczaryk and W.B. Gallagher
5. Rare earth element (REE) analysis of fossil vertebrates from the Upper  
Cretaceous Pierre Shale Group for the purposes of paleobathymetric  
interpretations of the Western Interior Seaway 
D. Patrick, J.E. Martin, D.C.  Parris, and D.E. Grandstaff
6. Mollusks from the late Campanian upper DeGrey Formation of the Pierre  
Shale Group, Missouri River Valley, central South Dakota 
J.E. Fox
7. Fossil fish from the Pierre Shale Group (Late Cretaceous): Clarifying  the 
biostratigraphic record 
D.C. Parris, B.S. Grandstaff, and W.B.  Gallagher
8. Taxonomic comparison and stratigraphic distribution of Toxochelys  
(Testudines: Cheloniidae) of South Dakota. 
M. Hart Carrino
9. A new polycotylid plesiosaur (Reptilia: Sauropterygia) from the  Greenhorn 
Limestone (Upper Cretaceous; lower upper Cenomanian), Black Hills,  South 
Dakota. 
B.A. Schumacher
10. Comparison of gastroliths within plesiosaurs (Elasmosauridae) from the  
Late Cretaceous marine deposits of Vega Island, Antarctic Peninsula, and the  
Missouri River area, South Dakota. 
W.A. Thompson, J.E. Martin, and M.  Reguero
11. Rare earth element determination of the stratigraphic position of the  
holotype of Mosasaurus missouriensis (Harlan), the first named fossil reptile  
from the American West 
D. Patrick, J.E. Martin, D.C. Parris, and D.E.  Grandstaff
12. Stomach contents of Globidens, a shell-crushing mosasaur (Squamata),  
from the Late Cretaceous Pierre Shale Group, Big Bend area of the Missouri  
River, central South Dakota 
J.E. Martin and J.E. Fox
13. A new species of the durophagous mosasaur, Globidens (Squamata:  
Mosasauridae) from the Late Cretaceous Pierre Shale Group of central South  
Dakota, 
USA 
J.E. Martin
14. A North American Hainosaurus (Squamata: Mosasauridae) from the Late  
Cretaceous of southern South Dakota 
J.E. Martin
15. The largest mosasaur (Squamata: Mosasauridae) from the Missouri River  
area (Late Cretaceous; Pierre Shale Group) of South Dakota and its relationship 
 
to Lewis and Clark 
R.W. Meredith, J.E. Martin, and P.N. Wegleitner
16. Pteranodon (Reptilia: Pterosauria): Stratigraphic distribution and  
taphonomy in the lower Pierre Shale Group (Campanian), western South Dakota and 
 
eastern Wyoming 
J.E. Hargrave
17. A new species of the diving bird, Baptornis (Ornithurae:  
Hesperornithiformes), from the lower Pierre Shale Group (Upper Cretaceous) of  
southwestern 
South Dakota 
J.E. Martin and A. Cordes-Person
18. Amphibian, reptilian, and avian remains from the Fox Hills Formation  
(Maastrichtian): Shoreline and estuarine deposits of the Pierre Sea in  
south-central North Dakota. 
J.W. Hoganson, J.M. Erickson, and F.D. Holland  Jr.
 
#17 above is _Baptornis varneri_--SDSM 68430:
"Ethnology:  Named for Daniel Varner, who found the specimen, and for  his 
notable contributions to paleontology in the form of artistic  renderings of 
extinct vertebrates." 
 
Congratulations, Dan!
 
Mary



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