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Eating New Papers

Well, one of 'em's about eating, anyway...

First, two new ones available free on-line (at http://geology.utah.gov/surveynotes/snt39-3.pdf):

Milner, A.R.C., and Kirkland, J.I. 2007. The case for fishing dinosaurs at the St. George Dinosaur Discovery Site at Johnson Farm. Utah Geological Survey Notes 39(3):1-3.

Kirkland, J.I., and DeBlieux, D.D. 2007. New horned dinosaurs from the Wahweap Formation, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, southern Utah. Utah Geological Survey Notes 39(3):4-5.

Then, two new ones from Gerald Mayr, the first of which is on-line only at present:

Mayr, G. 2007. The renaissance of avian paleontology and its bearing on the higher-level phylogeny of birds. Journal of Ornithology. doi: 10.1007/s10336-007-0159-8.

ABSTRACT: Recent phylogenetic analyses provide strong evidence for some previously undetected clades of morphologically very divergent avian groups. Also, within the past decades, palaeornithology has experienced a renaissance and the Paleogene fossil record of birds is approaching that of mammals in the number of recorded higher-level taxa. However, there is still little mutual exchange between students of these different data, as molecular systematists are often unfamiliar with the fossil record of birds, whereas palaeornithologists only recently started to interpret their fossils in the light of modern phylogenetic analyses. Here, this deficiency is remedied in a brief overview of some fossil "missing links" between extant higher avian groups, which combine derived characters of a certain taxon and plesiomorphic characters of its sister group.

Mayr, G. 2007. New specimens of Eocene stem-group psittaciform birds may shed light on the affinities of the first named fossil bird, Halcyornis toliapicus KOENIG, 1825. Neues Jahrbuch fur Geologie und Palaontologie Abhandlungen 244(2): 207-213.

Jerry D. Harris
Director of Paleontology
Dixie State College
Science Building
225 South 700 East
St. George, UT  84770   USA
Phone: (435) 652-7758
Fax: (435) 656-4022
E-mail: jharris@dixie.edu
and     dinogami@gmail.com


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