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Re: Willie Wonka and the New Papers



Benson, R.B.J., Barrett, P.M., Powell, H.P., and Norman, D.B. 2008. The
taxonomic status of Megalosaurus bucklandii (Dinosauria, Theropoda) from the
Middle Jurassic of Oxfordshire, UK. Palaeontology 51(2):419-424. doi:
10.1111/j.1475-4983.2008.00751.x.


ABSTRACT: The lectotype of the Middle Jurassic theropod dinosaur
Megalosaurus bucklandii, a right dentary, can be diagnosed on the basis of
two unique characters: a longitudinal groove on the ventral part of the
lateral surface of the dentary and a slit-like anterior Meckelian foramen.
This taxon, the first dinosaur to be scientifically described, is therefore
valid. Currently, however, no further material can be referred to this
species with any certainty. Megalosaurus bucklandii occupies an uncertain
systematic position but is not an abelisaurid or coelophysoid. Additionally,
it does not possess the diagnostic dentary characters that are present in
all known spinosauroids. Owing to this uncertainty, use of the family
Megalosauridae should be discontinued until such time as its systematic
position becomes clearer.

So *Megalosaurus* is not a spinosauroid at all... Yay Torvosauridae.

Averianov, A.O., Martin, T., Skutschas, P.P., Rezvyi, A.S., and Bakirov,
A.A. 2008. Amphibians from the Middle Jurassic Balabansai Svita in the
Fergana Depression, Kyrgystan (central Asia). Palaeontology 51(2):471-485.
doi: 10.1111/j.1475-4983.2007.00748.x.

ABSTRACT: Larval and metamorphosed Ferganobatrachus riabinini
(Temnospondyli, Brachyopoidea), metamorphosed Kokartus honorarius (Caudata,
Karauridae), an indeterminated karaurid (Karauridae indet.) and, presumably,
anurans (?Anura indet.) [...]

Nice!

Evans, S.E., and Manabe, M. 2008. An early herbivorous lizard from the Lower
Cretaceous of Japan. Palaeontology 51(2):487-498. doi:
10.1111/j.1475-4983.2008.00759.x.


ABSTRACT: [...] Comparisons with modern and fossil lizards suggest that
Kuwajimalla may be an early relative of the macrocephalosaurines, a group of
large herbivores well represented in the Upper Cretaceous of Mongolia.

Fine. And where in the squamate tree do the macrocephalosaurs belong...? Anywhere close to the polyglyphanodontids?


Mayr, G. 2008. Phylogenetic affinities of the enigmatic avian taxon
Zygodactylus based on new material from the early Oligocene of France.
Journal of Systematic Palaeontology. doi: 10.1017/S1477201907002398.

If that's the sister-group of the passeriforms, we have a biogeographical problem.