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No Country For Old Papers

A couple of ones from last year that only just came to my attention!

Molnar, R.E., and Wiffen, J. 2007. A presumed titanosaurian vertebra from
the Late Cretaceous of North Island, New Zealand. Arquivos do Museu
Nacional, Rio de Janeiro 65(4):505-510.

ABSTRACT: A bone recovered from the Upper Cretaceous Maungataniwha Sandstone
of North Island, New Zealand, appears to be an incomplete titanosaurian
caudal centrum. The proportions of the apparently procoelous centrum suggest
that it is a middle caudal. This indicates the presence of a titanosaurian
sauropod in Campanian-Maastrichtian New Zealand. At this time,
titanosaurians are known from South America, Africa, India, Laurasian Asia,
Europe, and North America. Palaeozoogeographic considerations suggest that
titanosaurians were also present in Antarctica.

Molnar, R.E., and Thulborn, R.A. 2007. An incomplete pterosaur skull from
the Cretaceus of north-central Queensland, Australia. Arquivos do Museu
Nacional, Rio de Janeiro 65(4):461-470.

ABSTRACT: An incomplete pterosaur skull was found in the Albian marine
Toolebuc Formation near Hughenden, Queensland, Australia. Although only the
snout and part of the jaws are preserved, the specimen has two unique
characters: posterior dentary teeth relatively large (approximately half the
depth of the dentary) and posterior dentary and maxillary teeth relatively
widely spaced (only 3 maxillary teeth between the last enlarged tooth and
the nasopreorbital opening), and a unique combination of other characters.
Thus, it is assigned to the new genus and species, Mythunga camara gen.nov.,
sp.nov., provisionally related to plesiomorphic pterodactyloids. The snout
was apparently hollow with a boxlike internal structure, supporting the
characterization of pterosaurs as 'optical illusions'. This specimen
represents at least the second pterosaur taxon from Queensland.

Jerry D. Harris
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