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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 are named...


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."

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