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Revelation of the New Papers
Dutta, D. and Ambwani, K. (2007). Capers: A food for Upper Cretaceous
dinosaurs of Pisdura, India. Current Science (Bangalore) 92 : 897-899.
No abstract, but here's the first paragraph. I guess the authors really
know their sh*t...
"Pisdura, a well-known Upper Cretaceous dinosaur locality in Warora
district, Maharashtra is known for reptilian coprolites. Based on their
external morphology, coprolites can be grouped under four main types (A, B,
Ba, C). Coprolites described by various workers from this area contain
exclusively vegetal matter and their association with titanosaurid sauropod
skeletal remains reflects that these animals were the producers. Though
recovery of plant remains from these coprolites is scarce and fragmentary, a
few records of megaflora (dicots and monocots, including pollen and
cuticles) have also been described. Presence of monocotylednous seeds
belonging to the family Arecaceae was reported earlier. Recovery of grass
phytoliths from all known categories of coprolites mentioned above suggests
that Late Cretaceous titanosaurid sauropods of Pisdura were grass-eaters and
grass was present during the Late Cretaceous. Occurrence of chelonians has
been reported from the Lameta Formation of Pisdura. It is likely that other
carnivorous reptiles also must have been thriving in the same phytozones."
The other two papers describe some scrappy dinosaur material. No new taxa
Maganuco, S., Cau, A., Dal Sasso, C., and Pasini. G. (2007). Evidence of
large theropods from the Middle Jurassic of the Mahajanga Basin, NW
Madagascar, with implications for ceratosaurian
pedal ungual evolution. Atti Soc. it. Sci. nat. Museo civ. Stor. nat.
Milano, 148 (II): 261-271.
Abstract: "Two large theropod remains from the Middle Jurassic (Isalo IIIb,
Bathonian) of the Mahajanga Basin, NW Madagascar, are here described. They
consist of a large tooth crown and a pedal ungual. The tooth is similar to
the teeth of some basal tetanuran theropods, but we cautiously refer it to
Theropoda incertae sedis. The pedal ungual, pertaining to a close relative
of the abelisauroids but not to a member of the Abelisauroidea, shows that
non-abelisauroid ceratosaurian theropods were present in the Middle Jurassic
of Madagascar and provides new insight into the evolution of the
ceratosaurian pedal unguals. Both remains reveal the large body size
attained by the Middle Jurassic Malagasy theropods."
Alifanov, V. R. and Averianov, A. O. (2006). On the finding of ornithomimid
dinosaurs (Saurischia, Ornithomimosauria) in the Upper Cretaceous beds of
Tajikistan. Paleontological J. 40: 103-108.
Abstract: "Fragmentary remains of ornithomimids (Ornithomimidae indet.) from
the Lower Santonian (Upper Cretaceous) Kansai locality in northwestern
Fergana (Tajikistan) are described, and the composition of its dinosaurian
assemblage is updated."