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Irmis, R.B., and Knoll, F. 2008. New ornithischian dinosaur material from
the Lower Jurassic Lufeng Formation of China. Neues Jahrbuch für Geologie
und Paläontologie Abhandlungen 247(1):117-128.

ABSTRACT: Published records of ornithischian dinosaurs from the Lower
Jurassic Lufeng Formation are extremely rare. Here we describe a new
ornithischian specimen, FMNH CUP 2338, consisting of an articulated lower
tibia and fibula, ankle, and pes from the Zhangjiawa Member of the Lufeng
Formation. Preserved character-states are largely plesiomorphic for
Ornithischia; our analysis indicates that the specimen represents an
indeterminate basal ornithischian dinosaur. Reanalysis of the other known
ornithischian specimens from the Lufeng Formation indicates that they are
either not ornithischians, or are assignable to Thyreophora or Ornithischia
indet. The abundance of ornithischians in the Lufeng Formation is unusually
low compared with other well-known Early Jurassic ornithischian-bearing
terrestrial tetrapod assemblages.

Bochenski, Z., and Bochenski, Z.M. 2008. An Old World hummingbird from the
Oligocene: a new fossil from Polish Carpathians. Journal of Ornithology
149(2):211-216. doi: 10.1007/s10336-007-0261-y.

ABSTRACT: A near-complete, partially articulated skeleton of a hummingbird
was recently found in the menilite shales of the Polish Flysh Carpathians.
The specimen is dated to the Early Oligocene (Rupelian, approx. 31 Myr). It
shares derived characters with extant hummingbirds and plesiomorphic
characters with swifts. Its long, thin beak and short and stout humerus and
ulna are typical for hummingbirds, but the coracoid resembles that observed
in swifts. The osteology of the specimen is generally similar to that of the
hummingbird described from the Early Tertiary of Germany but because it
clearly differs in some characters from the German hummingbird Eurotrochilus
inexpectatus, it is described as a new species of the same genus.

Manegold, A. 2008. Earliest fossil record of the Certhioidea (treecreepers
and allies) from the early Miocene of Germany. Journal of Ornithology
149(2):223-228. doi: 10.1007/s10336-007-0263-9.

ABSTRACT: A complete tarsometatarsus of a passerine bird from the early
Miocene (MN 3) of Petersbuch (Bavaria, Germany) is identified as an extinct
representative of the climbing Certhioidea, i.e., a clade comprising
treecreepers (Certhiidae), nuthatches and wallcreepers (Sittidae). The
fossil specimen represents the so far earliest evidence of a representative
of the Certhioidea and is described as †Certhiops rummeli gen. et sp. nov.
Similarities to other climbing passerines are discussed.

Jerry D. Harris
Director of Paleontology
Dixie State College
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E-mail: jharris@dixie.edu
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