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New Papers on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown



It?s a Spanish movie title, OK?  To honor a bunch of new papers I stumbled
across in the free volume available here:
 
http://www.scribd.com/doc/2683661/Esteve-et-al-2008-VI-EJIP2008-completo
 

They are:


Ortega, F., Sanz, J.L., Barroso-Barcenilla, F., Cambra-Moo, O., Escaso, F.,
García-Oliva, M., and Marcos Fernández, F. 2008. El yacimiento de
macrovertebrados fósiles del Cretácico Superior de 'Lo Hueco' (Fuentes,
Cuenca); pp. 119-131 in Esteve, J. and Meléndez, G. (eds.), Palaeontologica
Nova (VI EJIP). Publicaciones del Seminario de Paleontología (SEPAZ) 8.

ABSTRACT: The Late Cretaceous terrestrial ecosystems in southern Europe, and
especially in the Iberian Peninsula, are relatively poorly known. At the end
of the Cretaceous, the Iberian Peninsula is the westernmost end of the South
European archipelago. At present the Iberian record of the reptilian fossils
(turtles, crocodiles, pterosaurs and dinosaurs) come from a small group of
fossil sites. The recently found fossil site in the locality of ?Lo Hueco?
(Fuentes, Cuenca, Spain) has provided an abundant collection of
well-preserved fossils representing most of the macrovertebrate groups
described in the Campanian-Maastrichtian of Western Europe. The presence of
new forms and the raise of the information of scarcely known taxa, allow us
consider that this locality will to shed light on some of the phylogenetical
and biogeographical aspects that are still poorly solved for the European
record.




Castilla Cañamero, G., and de la Iglesia Fernández, A. 2008. ¿Qué saben de
paleontología los estudiantes universitarios?; pp. 165-174 in Esteve, J. and
Meléndez, G. (eds.), Palaeontologica Nova (VI EJIP). Publicaciones del
Seminario de Paleontología (SEPAZ) 8.

ABSTRACT: This paper discusses results of a diagnostic survey carried out
with 97 university students from twelve different careers, who participated
in the excavation of the Somosaguas paleontological site in the academic
year 2006-07. The results show the shortcomings of the university students
in their training-related paleontological topics, especially in relation to
the concepts of fossil, fossilization and succession of life forms in the
past.



García-Ortiz de Landaluce, E., and Díaz-Martínez, I. 2008. Aportaciones de
algunos yacimientos representativos de La Rioja al estudio del
comportamiento de los dinosaurios; pp. 207-219 in Esteve, J. and Meléndez,
G. (eds.), Palaeontologica Nova (VI EJIP). Publicaciones del Seminario de
Paleontología (SEPAZ) 8.

ABSTRACT: La Rioja is one of the Spanish places with more number of
dinosaur?s footprints sites. This, together with other fossil evidences
found in the area, give us information about local fauna, the environment in
which they lived or their behaviour, what makes La Rioja a really
interesting place for the study of these big extinct reptiles.
     Palaeoethological studies with dinosaurs footprints are very important
in order to understand better these animals (how they walked, their body
position, etc.). In this paper we try to sum up the main sites from La Rioja
in which different types of individual behaviour (turns, run, limp,?) and
social behaviour (herds, hunting groups, etc.) were indicate.




Manuel Gasca, J., Moreno-Azanza, M., and Canudo, J.I. 2008. Dientes de
dinosaurios terópodos espinosáuridos de la Formación El Castellar (Cretácico
Inferior, Teruel); pp. 233-234 in Esteve, J. and Meléndez, G. (eds.),
Palaeontologica Nova (VI EJIP). Publicaciones del Seminario de Paleontología
(SEPAZ) 8.

ABSTRACT: Two isolated theropod dinosaur teeth from sites of the El
Castellar Formation (upper Hauterivian ? lower Barremian, Early Cretaceous)
in Teruel Province, NE Spain (Aliaga and Miravete de la Sierra) have been
described and assigned to baryonychine. Each tooth can be included in a
different baryonychine morphotype with the absence/presence of mesial
denticulation as main difference between both of them.




Malafaia, E., Ortega, F., Silva, B., and Escaso, F. 2008. Fragmento de un
maxilar de terópodo de Praia da Corva (Jurásico Superior. Torres Vedras,
Portugal); pp. 273-279 in Esteve, J. and Meléndez, G. (eds.),
Palaeontologica Nova (VI EJIP). Publicaciones del Seminario de Paleontología
(SEPAZ) 8.

ABSTRACT: A maxillary fragment of a large theropod dinosaur from the
Lourinhã Group (Upper Jurassic, uppermost Kimmeridgian) of the north of
Praia da Corva (Porto Novo, Upper Jurassic of Torres Vedras) is described.
The specimen consists in the anterior part of a right maxilla that preserves
the anterior edge of the antorbital fenestra and part of the nasal process.
It shares with the Spinosauroidea Torvosaurus (Upper Jurassic of
North-America and Portugal) the absence of a maxillary fenestra and an
anteriorly lateral ridge that forms the anteroventral margin of the
antorbital fenestra. These conditions are not present in the other large
theropod dinosaurs that inhabit the Portuguese Jurassic ecosystems. We
conclude that the specimen would be considered as cf. Torvosaurus sp.




Moreno-Azanza, M., Manuel Gasca, J., and Canudo, J.I. 2008. Fragmentos de
cáscara de huevo del tipo básico Testudoide del Cretácico Inferior de
Zaragoza (Formación Villanueva de Huerva, Hauteriviense-Valanginiense); pp.
305-315 in Esteve, J. and Meléndez, G. (eds.), Palaeontologica Nova (VI
EJIP). Publicaciones del Seminario de Paleontología (SEPAZ) 8. ABSTRACT:
Eggshell fragments of the Testudoid basic type have been recollected in the
Valanginian-Hauterivian of Zaragoza (Villanueva de Huerva Fm.). Its
ornamentation, histostructure and ultrastructure allow us to ascribe them to
the spherurigidis morphotype, oofamily Testudoolithidae, oogenus indet.
Comparisons with fossil and recent ootaxa suggest an affinity with eggs laid
by Testudinidae turtles, a group with no Mesozoic record.




Pérez García, A., Ortega, F., Murelaga, X., and Dantas, P. 2008.
Plesiochelys sp.  (Testudines, Eucryptodira) de la Fm. Freixial (Jurásico
Superior) en Ulsa (Torres Vedras, Portugal); pp. 331-344 in Esteve, J. and
Meléndez, G. (eds.), Palaeontologica Nova (VI EJIP). Publicaciones del
Seminario de Paleontología (SEPAZ) 8.

ABSTRACT: The Upper Jurassic record of turtles from the Lourinhã Group
(Portugal) is relatively abundant. At present, it has been recognized
members of Pleurodira (Platichelydae), Paracryptodira (Pleurosternidae),
basal Eucryptodira (Plesiochelydae), and, probably, forms of Cryptodira
(Chelydridae?). This paper describes a relatively complete shell of a turtle
picked up in the cliffs of Ulsa (Torres Vedras), from levels belonging to
the Freixial Formation (Tithonian). The specimen is interpreted as an adult
individual of a species of Plesiochelys. The relationship of this specimen
and other members of this genus from the Portuguese Upper Jurassic are
discussed.





Poza, B., Suñer, M., Santos-Cubedo, A., and Galobart, À. 2008. Los
dinosaurios de Cataluña y Valencia: 20 años de investigación por divulgar.
Un proyecto de divulgación de la paleontología; pp. 369-380 in Esteve, J.
and Meléndez, G. (eds.), Palaeontologica Nova (VI EJIP). Publicaciones del
Seminario de Paleontología (SEPAZ) 8.

ABSTRACT: ?The dinosaurs of Catalonia and Valencia: 20 years of research for
spreading? It is one of the projects of diffusion and spreading of the
science approved by the Spanish Foundation for the Science and the
Technology (FECYT) in 2007. The actions of this project had a principal aim:
to bring the paleontology over to the society, showing the results of the
research realized during the last two decades and trying to increase the
social interest for the knowledge of this branch of the science.
     In this project have taken part researchers from the Institut Català de
Paleontologia, the Universitat de València, the Universitat Autònoma de
Barcelona, the Universitat de Barcelona and the Universidad de Zaragoza.





Suñer, M., Poza, B., Vila, B., and Santos-Cubedo, A. 2008. Síntesis del
registro fósil de dinosaurios en el Este de la Península Ibérica; pp.
397-420 in Esteve, J. and Meléndez, G. (eds.), Palaeontologica Nova (VI
EJIP). Publicaciones del Seminario de Paleontología (SEPAZ) 8.

ABSTRACT: The eastern Iberian Peninsula area has yielded an extensive
dinosaur record since the early XX century. The current taxonomic state of
the art summarized in the present paper allows the geographical and time
setting of the main taxa of Dinosauria. The taxonomic synthesis discerns
diverse thyreophorans (Dacentrurus and Polacanthus) and ornithopods
(Rhabdodon, Iguanodon, and endemic species such as Pararhabdodon isonensis
and Koutalisaurus kohlerorum) in Ornithischia and several basal eusauropods
(Losillasaurus giganteus) and neosauropods, non-avian theropods, and Aves
(Noguerornis gonzalezi) in Saurischian clades. The abundance of ichnological
and oological evidence is a useful biostratigraphic tool in order to know
and/or confirm the occurrence of taxa in areas and epochs where their bones
are usually rare or absent.




     One other new acquisition, too:


Maganuco, S., Cau, A., and Pasini, G. 2008. New information on the
abelisaurid pedal elements from the Late Cretaceous of NW Madagascar
(Mahajanga Basin). Atti della Società Italiana di Scienze Naturali e del
Museo Civico di Storia Naturale di Milano 149(2):239-252.

ABSTRACT: An abelisaurid ungual phalanx of pedal digit III from the Late
Cretaceous of NW Madagascar is here figured and described for the first
time. Other materials include pedal phalanges whose figures and description
increase the knowledge on the pes variability of the Malagasy Abelisauridae
(e.g., ungual I and phalanx III-1 proportions and structures), support the
identification of the pedal elements (e.g., phalanx III-2) recently proposed
by Carrano (2007), and render questionable the attribution of some isolated
elements to the species Majungasaurus crenatissimus.





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