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RE: Impact Factor confirms Nature is top research journal
Clint Boyd wrote-
> I wonder if anyone has every looked into how often the typically brief
> taxonomic descriptions found in these journals are followed up with
> full taxonomic descriptions by the same authors, and how many either
> were never fully described or were described years later by someone
Easy enough to find, for non-neornithine theropods anyway. Note I only
included taxa which were first named in Nature, not those (like
Sinornithomimus) which were first announced in Nature but named elsewhere, nor
those (like Protarchaeopteryx) which were first named in obscure journals then
redescribed in Nature. I didn't count instances like Shuvuuia, where Chiappe
(2002) did describe and illustrate more than was done in Nature, but only in
the context of a chapter describing all alvarezsaurids. So while the skull was
effectively redescribed (as it was the only complete alvarezsaurid skull
known), comments on the postcrania are only mixed with descriptions of other
taxa or generalized alvarezsaurid description. I also didn't include
Majungatholus, which is a theropod described as a pachycephalosaur in Nature,
which was later synonymized with Majungasaurus. Majungasaurus was redescribed
in 2007 based mostly on new remains initially reported in 1998 in Science. So
... uh... I guess that taxon counts as a win for Science/Nature.
Sereno, Forster, Rogers and Monetta, 1993. Primitive dinosaur skeleton from
Argentina and the early evolution of Dinosauria. Nature. 361, 64-66.
Redescription in progress for over a decade for publication as a JVP monograph.
Charig and Milner, 1986. Baryonyx, a remarkable new theropod dinosaur. Nature.
Charig and Milner, 1997. Baryonyx walkeri, a fish-eating dinosaur from the
Wealden of Surrey. Bulletin of the Natural History Museum of London (Geology).
Coria and Salgado, 1995. A new giant carnivorous dinosaur from the Cretaceous
of Patagonia. Nature 377:224–226.
Not redescribed yet except for the braincase in 2002 (Coria and Currie).
Buffetaut, Suteethorn and Tong, 1996. The earliest known tyrannosaur from the
Lower Cretaceous of Thailand. Nature 381(6584): 689-691.
Xu, Norell, Kuang, Wang, Zhao and Jia, 2004. Basal tyrannosauroids from China
and evidence for protofeathers in tyrannosauroids. Nature. 431, 680-684.
Xu, Clark, Forster, Norell, Erickson, Eberth, Jia and Zhao, 2006. A basal
tyrannosauroid dinosaur from the Late Jurassic of China. Nature. 439, 715-718.
Gohlich and Chiappe, 2006. A new carnivorous dinosaur from the Late Jurassic
Solnhofen archipelago. Nature. 440, 329-332.
Gohlich, Tischlinger and Chiappe, 2006. Juravenator starki (Reptilia,
Theropoda) ein neuer Raubdinosaurier aus dem Oberjura der Sudlichen Frankenalb
(Suddeutschland): Skelettanatomie und Weichteilbefunde. Archaeopteryx. 24, 1-26.
Dal Sasso and Signore, 1998. Exceptional soft tissue preservation in a theropod
dinosaur from Italy. Nature. 392, 383-387.
Described in depth in Signore's thesis, which isn't published yet.
Perez-Moreno, Sanz, Buscalioni, Moratalla, Ortega and Rasskin-Gutman, 1994. A
unique multitoothed ornithomimosaur dinosaur from the Lower Cretaceous of
Spain. Nature. 370, 363-367.
Redescribed in Perez-Moreno's unpublished thesis.
Chiappe, Norell and Clark, 1998. The skull of a relative of the stem-group bird
Mononykus. Nature. 392, 275-278.
Perle, Norell, Chiappe and Clark, 1993. Flightless bird from the Cretaceous of
Mongolia. Nature. 362, 623-626.
Perle, Chiappe, Barsbold, Clark and Norell, 1994. Skeletal morphology of
Mononykus olecranus (Theropoda: Avialae) from the Late Cretaceous of Mongolia.
American Museum Novitates. 3105, 1-29.
Kirkland, Zanno, Sampson, Clark and DeBlieux, 2005. A primitive
therizinosauroid dinosaur from the Early Cretaceous of Utah. Nature. 435, 84-87.
Not redescribed except for the forelimb (Zanno, 2006) and in Zanno's
Xu, Tang and Wang 1999. A therizinosauroid dinosaur with integumentary
structures in China. Nature. 399, 350-354.
Xu, Cheng, Wang and Chang, 2002. An unusual oviraptorosaurian dinosaur from
China. Nature. 419, 291-293.
Balanoff, Xu, Kobayashi, Matsufune and Norell, 2009. Cranial osteology of the
theropod dinosaur Incisivosaurus gauthieri (Theropoda: Oviraptorosauria).
American Museum Novitates. 3651, 35 pp.
Ji, Currie, Norell and Ji, 1998. Two feathered dinosaurs from northeastern
China. Nature. 393, 753-761.
The type specimens haven't been redescribed, though Zhou et al. (2000) did
describe others in more depth.
Xu, Tan, Wang, Zhao and Tan, 2007. A gigantic bird-like dinosaur from the Late
Cretaceous of China. Nature. 844-847.
Xu and Norell, 2004. A new troodontid dinosaur from China with avian-like
sleeping posture. Nature. 431, 838-841.
Xu, Norell, Wang, Makovicky and Wu, 2002. A basal troodontid from the Early
Cretaceous of China. Nature. 415, 780-784.
Elzanowski and Wellnhofer, 1992. A new link between theropods and birds from
the Cretaceous of Mongolia. Nature. 359, 821-823.
Elzanowski and Wellnhofer, 1993. Skull of Archaeornithoides from the Upper
Cretaceous of Mongolia. American Journal of Science. 293-A, 235-252.
Makovicky, Apesteguía and Agnolín, 2005. The earliest dromaeosaurid theropod
from South America. Nature. 437, 1007-1011.
Novas and Puerta, 1997. New evidence concerning avian origins from the Late
Cretaceous of Patagonia. Nature. 387: 390-392.
Not redescribed except the ilium by Novas (2004).
Xu, Wang and Wu, 1999. A dromaeosaurid dinosaur with filamentous integument
from the Yixian Formation of China. Nature. 401, 262-266.
Not redescribed except for the skull (Xu and Wu, 2001) and the pes (Xu and
Xu, Zhou and Wang, 2000. The smallest known non-avian theropod dinosaur.
Nature, 408, 705-708.
The holotype has not been redescribed, though two other specimens were
monographed (Hwang et al., 2002).
Xu, Zhou, Wang, Kuang, Zhang and Du, 2003. Four-winged dinosaurs from China.
Nature. 421, 335-340.
Novas and Pol, 2005. New evidence on deinonychosaurian dinosaurs from the Late
Cretaceous of Patagonia. Nature. 433, 858-861.
Zhang, Zhou, Xu, Wang and Sullivan, 2008. A bizarre Jurassic maniraptoran from
China with elongate ribbon-like feathers. Nature. 455, 1105-1108.
Zhou and Zhang, 2002. A long-tailed, seed-eating bird from the Early Cretaceous
of China. Nature. 418, 405-409.
Hou, Martin, Zhou, Feduccia and Zhang, 1999. A diapsid skull in a new species
of the primitive bird Confuciusornis. Nature. 399, 679-682.
Walker, 1981. New subclass of birds from the Cretaceous of South America.
Nature. 292, 51-53.
Forster, Chiappe, Sampson, Krause, 1996. The first Cretaceous bird from
Madagascar. Nature. 382, 532-534.
Forster, Chiappe, Krause and Sampson, 2002. Vorona berivotrensis, a primitive
bird from the Late Cretaceous of Madagascar. 268-280. in Chiappe and Witmer
(eds.). Mesozoic Birds: Above the Heads of Dinosaurs. University of California
Press, Berkeley, Los Angeles, London.
Sanz, Chiappe, Perez-Moreno, Buscalioni, Moratalla, Ortega and Poyato-Ariza,
1996. An Early Cretaceous bird from Spain and its implications for the
evolution of avian flight. Nature. 382, 442-445.
Sanz, Pérez-Moreno, Chiappe and Buscalioni, 2002. The Birds from the Lower
Cretaceous of Las Hoyas (Privince of Cuenca, Spain). pp 209-229. in Chiappe and
Witmer (eds.). Mesozoic Birds: Above the Heads of Dinosaurs. University of
California Press, Berkeley, Los Angeles, London.
Molnar, 1986. An enantiornithine bird from the Lower Cretaceous of Queensland,
Australia. Nature 322 736-738.
Norell and Clarke, 2001. Fossil that fills a critical gap in avian evolution.
Nature. 409, 181-184.
Clarke and Norell, 2002. The morphology and phylogenetic position of Apsaravis
ukhaana from the Late Cretaceous of Mongolia. American Museum Novitates. 3387,
So, of all 33 theropods described in Nature, 25 (76%) have yet to be fully
described in a published work.
To be a bit more fair, of the 18 taxa described at least a decade ago, 13 (72%)
have yet to be fully described. Hmm... doesn't really change the ratio.
All of the taxa which have been redescribed have been done so by at least one
of the original authors.
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