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Re: Ghosts of New Papers Past

Feduccia, A. 2009. A colorful Mesozoic menagerie. Trends in Ecology and
Evolution. doi: 10.1016/j.tree.2009.03.002.

(Book review of John Long's _Feathered Dinosaurs_.)

I take it book reviews are not peer-reviewed...?

James, F.C., and Pourtless, J.A., IV. 2009. Cladistics and the origin of
birds: a review and two new analyses. Ornithological Monographs 66:1-78.

Hey, cool. BAND at last being done as science! At long last! :-)

This approach (looking for mistakes in published data matrices) is what I've been doing with three matrices on tetrapod phylogeny and the origin of lissamphibians. Yields interesting results each time.

I bet, of course, that these authors introduced more mistakes than they corrected ("questionable homologies in [...] the carpus", yeah right). But it will be interesting to look at that in detail.

Barrett, P.M., and Han, F.-L. 2009. Cranial anatomy of Jeholosaurus
shangyuanensis (Dinosauria: Ornithischia) from the Early Cretaceous of
China. Zootaxa 2072:31-55.

:-) :-) :-)

Combination of traditional sedimentological field
analysis with modern digital data capture techniques (e.g. spectral
gamma-ray, LIDAR terrestrial scanner imaging) allows a detailed description
and interpretation of the facies.

Gamma rays?

What next, death rays? Or machine guns? What does one need that kind of power for?

Basilici, G., Für dal Bó, P.F., and Bernardes Ladeira, F.S. 2009.
Climate-induced sediment-palaeosol cycles in a Late Cretaceous dry aeolian
sand sheet: Marília Formation (North-West Bauru Basin, Brazil).
Sedimentology. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-3091.2009.01061.x.

That's where all those crocodiles were running around. Literally.

Maxwell, E.E. 2009. Comparative ossification and development of the skull in
palaeognathous birds (Aves: Palaeognathae). Zoological Journal of the
Linnean Society 156(1):184-200. doi: 10.1111/j.1096-3642.2009.00480.x.

Always good. There are people out there who like doing phylogenetics with ossification sequences of four or five taxa; increasing the dataset really can't hurt.

All these remains belong to
one single taxon which clearly represents the long known but never properly
described 'C.'depressifrons. They allow, for the first time, the diagnosis
this species on the basis of an unequivocal set of characters, contributing
to the long awaited revision of the Asiatosuchus-like taxa.

Always good to see that someone is working on this kind of problem. There are so many such problems out there...

Remember when the diagnosis of *Tyrannosaurus rex* was "it's dead, Jim"?