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I would really appreciate if someone could send me the first paper:

Cavin, L., Tong, H., Boudad, L., Meister, C., Piuz, A., Tabouelle, J., Aarab, 
M., Amiot, R., Buffetaut, E., Dyke, G., Hua, S., and Le Loeuff, J. 2009. 
Vertebrate assemblages from the early Late Cretaceous of southeastern Morocco: 
an overview. Journal of African Earth Sciences. doi: 

Thanks in advance,

Christophe Hendrickx

> Date: Sat, 26 Dec 2009 17:25:31 -0700
> From: jharris@dixie.edu
> To: dinosaur@usc.edu
> Subject: New Papersvatar
> OK, that's really reaching...but if you have the opportunity to go see 
> "Avatar" in 3D IMAX, _do it_...it is WELL worth your time...!  Onto the new 
> papers:
> Cavin, L., Tong, H., Boudad, L., Meister, C., Piuz, A., Tabouelle, J., Aarab, 
> M., Amiot, R., Buffetaut, E., Dyke, G., Hua, S., and Le Loeuff, J. 2009. 
> Vertebrate assemblages from the early Late Cretaceous of southeastern 
> Morocco: an overview. Journal of African Earth Sciences. doi: 
> 10.1016/j.jafrearsci.2009.12.007.
> ABSTRACT: Fossils of vertebrates have been found in great abundance in the 
> continental and marine early Late Cretaceous sediments of Southeastern 
> Morocco for more than fifty years. About 80 vertebrate taxa have so far been 
> recorded from this region, many of which were recognised and diagnosed for 
> the first time based on specimens recovered from these sediments. In this 
> paper, we use published data together with new field data to present an 
> updated overview of Moroccan early Late Cretaceous vertebrate assemblages. 
> The Cretaceous series we have studied encompases three Formations, the 
> Ifezouane and Aoufous Formations, which are continental and deltaic in origin 
> and are often grouped under the name “Kem Kem beds”, and the Akrabou 
> Formation which is marine in origin. New field observations allow us to place 
> four recognised vertebrate clusters, corresponding to one compound assemblage 
> and three assemblages, within a general temporal framework. In particular, 
> two ammonite bioevents characterise the lower part of the Upper Cenomanian 
> (Calycoceras guerangeri Zone) at the base of the Akrabou Formation and the 
> upper part of the Lower Turonian (Mammites nodosoides Zone), that may extend 
> into the Middle Turonian within the Akrabou Formation, and allow for more 
> accurate dating of the marine sequence in the study area. We are not yet able 
> to distinguish a specific assemblage that characterises the Ifezouane 
> Formation when compared to the similar Aoufous Formation, and as a result we 
> regard the oldest of the four vertebrate “assemblages” in this region to be 
> the compound assemblage of the “Kem Kem beds”. This well-known vertebrate 
> assemblage comprises a mixture of terrestrial (and aerial), freshwater and 
> brackish vertebrates. The archosaur component of this fauna appears to show 
> an intriguingly high proportion of large-bodied carnivorous taxa, which may 
> indicate a peculiar trophic chain, although collecting biases alter this 
> palaeontological signal. A small and restricted assemblage, the OT1 
> assemblage, possibly corr!
> ponds to 
> he Kem Kem beds compound assemblage. Microfossils and facies from the Aoufous 
> Formation, corresponding to the top of the compound assemblage, provide 
> evidence of extremely abiotic conditions (hypersalinity), and thus of great 
> environmental instability. At the base of the Akrabou Formation the first 
> ammonite bioevent, Neolobites, corresponds to the onset of the marine 
> transgression in the early Late Cenomanian while the Agoult assemblage (Late 
> Cenomanian?) contains a variety of small fish species that have Central 
> Tethyan affinities. Finally, the youngest Mammites bioevent in the late Early 
> Turonian corresponds to a deepening of the marine environment: this sequence 
> is isochronous with the Goulmima assemblage, a diverse collection of fish and 
> other marine taxa, and shows affinities with taxa from the South Atlantic, 
> the Central Tethys and the Western Interior seaway of North America, and 
> further highlights the biogeographical importance of these North African Late 
> Cretaceous assemblages.
> Houssaye, A. 2009. A new aquatic pythonomorph (Reptilia, Squamata) from the 
> Turonian (Late Cretaceous) of France. Comptes Rendus Palevol. doi: 
> 10.1016/j.crpv.2009.09.002.
> ABSTRACT: Disarticulated vertebrae from the Turonian of France display a 
> distinctive suite of characters and probably represent a new pythonomorph. 
> This taxon displays some degree of vertebral pachyostosis s.s., often 
> observed in varanoid squamates from the Cenomanian-Turonian interval of the 
> ‘Mediterranean’ portion of the Tethys. The discovery of this new material 
> highlights the importance of also describing possibly new taxa based on 
> isolated remains.
> Brochu, C.A., Wagner, J.R., Jouve, S., Sumrall, C.D., and Densmore, L.D. 
> 2009. A correction corrected: consensus over the meaning of Crocodylia and 
> why it matters. Systematic Biology 58(5):537-543. doi: 10.1093/sysbio/syp053. 
> I mention this one because it has some interesting implications for possible 
> life restorations of at least some dinosaurs:
> Møller, A.P., and Erritzøe, J. 2009. Why birds eat colourful grit: colour 
> preferences revealed by the colour of gizzard stones. Journal of Evolutionary 
> Biology. doi: 10.1111/j.1420-9101.2009.01918.x.
> ABSTRACT: Colour preferences from sexual or social contexts are assumed to 
> have arisen owing to preferences for specific kinds of food, representing a 
> sensory bias, but once colour preferences have evolved in a sexual context, 
> they may also be expressed during foraging. We tested whether preferences for 
> specific body colours (i.e. plumage and soft parts) were related to colour 
> preferences for grit ingested by birds. Birds eat grit to facilitate break 
> down of food by the gizzard, and this function is independent of the colour 
> of grit, but depends on the physical properties of stones. Bird species were 
> significantly consistent in colour of grit, and grit of different colours 
> varied in prevalence among species, even when analyses were restricted to a 
> sample from a single locality. There were positive correlations between 
> presence of lilac and red grit in the gizzard and presence of sexually 
> dichromatic lilac and red colour on the body. There was a positive 
> correlation between red grit colour and red sexually monochromatic body 
> colour. Bird species with many different sexual colours, but not sexually 
> monochromatic colours on their body had many different colours of grit. Males 
> had more lilac and red grit than females, with this effect differing among 
> species, whereas that was not the case for grit of other colours. These 
> findings are consistent with the sensory bias hypothesis that birds express 
> preferences for grit of specific colours and a high diversity of colours 
> related to sexual colouration of the body, even when the colour of such grit 
> is only visible to the individual at the moment of ingestion.
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