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The Hunt For Red New Papers

Hi All! -

Still playing catch-up post-SVP, but here's a few things (thanks to Lee for pointing me to some of them!):

Stilwell, J.D. 2007. The lost world of Rekohu: unlocking ancient secrets of the Chatham Islands. New Zealand Geographic 87:8-9, 12.

Not a technical paper, of course, but this is particularly interesting in that they figure and report some articulated but fragmentary avian hindlimb material from the Late Cretaceous from the islands...oddly penguin-like! I'm _very_ interested in hearing more about this stuff...

Ensom, P.C. 2007. The Purbeck Limestone Group of Dorset, southern England. Geology Today 23(5):178-185. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2451.2007.00630.x.

ABSTRACT: The late Jurassic to early Cretaceous Purbeck Limestone Group of Dorset has been a focus for media and academic attention for the last 150 years. For example, The Illustrated London News in 1857 carried an article by the Revd Charles Kingsley, (of The Water Babies fame), titled .Geological Discoveries at Swanage., describing fossil-hunting endeavours of Samuel Husband Beckles (1814-1890; Fig. 1). Beckles had been encouraged by Richard Owen (1804-1892) to go in search of the tiny fossilized mammalian remains in these strata. Beckles rose to the challenge and at his own expense employed a team of workmen to carry out the excavations; in the process they uncovered a thin layer containing the numerous remains of diminutive mammals along with the remains of other vertebrates, including turtles, crocodiles and ornithischian dinosaurs. Since then, dinosaur tracks and related discoveries from these same strata have often caught the imagination of the press, inspiring sensational headlines such as "Builder digs up giant lizard fight" and "Dinosaur graveyard in Swanage Bay"!

Weinbaum, J.C., and Hungerbühler, A. 2007. A revision of Poposaurus gracilis (Archosauria: Suchia) based on two new specimens from the Late Triassic of the southwestern U.S.A. Paläontologische Zeitschrift 81(2):131-145.

ABSTRACT: Two associated partial skeletons, one from the McCarty ranch (MOTTU site 0690) near Kalgary, Texas, Tecovas Formation, and the other from the Petrified Forest Member of the Chinle Formation, outside the Petrified Forest, Arizona, represent the most complete specimens of Poposaurus gracilis found to date, and increase our understanding of the osteology of this rare pseudosuchian archosaur. The cervical centrum of TTUP-10419 possesses an accessory dorsal parapophyseal rib facet, as in "Lythrosuchus". The ilia of these new fossils are the first of Poposaurus to preserve the complete preacetabular blade, which is long and "blade-like" rather than "paddle-shaped" as previously thought. These specimens also confirm that isolated elements previously referred to Poposaurus (fused sacral vertebrae, the pubes and the ischia), but not present in the holotype indeed belong to that taxon. The morphology of the cervical centrum and the preacetabular blade of the ilium are identical to the much larger type of "Lythrosuchus" langstoni , suggesting that "Lythrosuchus" is a junior synonym of Poposaurus. However, we retain the species Poposaurus langstoni nov. comb. on the basis of larger size, absence of a distinct ridge on the lateral surface of the ilium, and the lack of a pit on the proximal end of the ischium. A phylogenetic analysis suggests a monophyletic Poposauroidea and a paraphyletic "Rauisuchia".

In the same volume as the latter is a paper with new info on _Coelurosauravus_, but I don't have it yet.

Jerry D. Harris
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