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Re: Mojoceratops and venomous Sinornithosaurus

Interesting etymology provided for _Mojoceratops_...

"From 'mojo' (early 20th century African-American English) a magic charm or 
talisman, often used to attract members of the opposite sex (in reference to 
the elaborate frill, which may have functioned in courtship), ceras (Greek) 
horn, and ops (Greek), face."

Hmmm, so that's what 'mojo' means...



--- On Wed, 7/7/10, Ville Sinkkonen <villesink@gmail.com> wrote:

> From: Ville Sinkkonen <villesink@gmail.com>
> Subject: Mojoceratops and venomous Sinornithosaurus
> To: "dinosaur" <dinosaur@usc.edu>
> Received: Wednesday, 7 July, 2010, 2:32 PM
> Nicholas R. Longrich. 2010
> Mojoceratops perifania, A New Chasmosaurine
> Ceratopsid from the Late Campanian of Western Canada.
> Journal of
> Paleontology 84(4):681-694.
> Abstract
> A new genus of long-horned chasmosaurine ceratopsid is
> described from
> the Dinosaur Park Formation (upper Campanian) of Western
> Canada.
> Mojoceratops perifania is represented by a skull and a
> parietal from
> the Dinosaur Park Formation of Alberta and an isolated
> parietal from
> the Dinosaur Park Formation of Saskatchewan. Several other
> specimens
> are provisionally referred to this taxon. While
> Mojoceratops shares
> many plesiomorphies with Chasmosaurus, the animal lacks
> the
> forward-curving parietal epoccipitals and reduced
> postorbital horns
> that diagnose the genus Chasmosaurus, and it differs from
> all other
> chasmosaurines in exhibiting a prominent sulcus on the
> anterior margin
> of the parietal, swellings on the anterodorsal surface of
> the parietal
> rami, and a small accessory process on the first parietal
> epoccipital.
> Other unusual features include anteriorly extended parietal
> fenestrae,
> a broad, heart-shaped frill, and transverse expansion of
> the
> postfrontal fontanelle. The type material of âEoceratops
> canadensisâ
> and âChasmosaurus kaiseniâ are nondiagnostic and these
> names are
> therefore considered nomina dubia, but their morphology is
> consistent
> with 
> The frill of
> Mojoceratops shows marked variation. Some of this variation
> probably
> results from intraspecific variation or ontogenetic
> changes, but
> because the Dinosaur Park Formation encompasses more than a
> million
> years of time, evolution may explain some of these
> differences.
> Phylogenetic analysis shows that Mojoceratops forms a clade
> with
> Agujaceratops mariscalensis; Chasmosaurus is the most basal
> member of
> Chasmosaurinae.
> (I thought we heard last of this venomous Sinornithosaurus
> , but I
> guess not....)
> Federico A. Gianechini, Federico L. AgnolÃn and MartÃn D.
> Ezcurra 2010
> A reassessment of the purported venom delivery system of
> the bird-like
> raptor Sinornithosaurus
> PalÃontologische Zeitschrift, online first
> Abstract
> Gong and colleagues recently described unusual traits in
> the
> dromaeosaurid Sinornithosaurus that were interpreted as the
> first
> evidence of a venomous dinosaur. This interpretation was
> based on
> extremely elongated maxillary teeth, morphologically
> similar to those
> present in poisonous snakes; labial grooves on maxillary
> and dentary
> tooth crowns; and an additional ornamented depression in
> the lateral
> surface of the maxillary bone (subfenestral fossa). A
> reappraisal of
> each of these morphological traits is provided here in
> light of
> comparisons with other theropod dinosaurs and previous
> discussions for
> inferring poisonous capabilities in fossil taxa. We fail to
> recognize
> unambiguous evidence supporting the presence of a venom
> delivery
> system in Sinornithosaurus. For example, the extremely
> elongated teeth
> seem to be a taphonomic artifact due to the displacement of
> teeth
> outside the alveoli; the labial grooves are present in a
> wide variety
> of theropods; and no strong evidence for the lodging of a
> venomous
> gland is recognized. In contrast, the cranial and dental
> anatomy of
> Sinornithosaurus is congruent with that of other
> dromaeosaurids. The
> weak support for a venomous Sin
osed by Gong and colleagues for this
> predatory
> dinosaur.
> and a response
> Enpu Gong,Larry D. Martin, David A. Burnham and
> Amanda R. Falk 2010
> Evidence for a venomous Sinornithosaurus
> PalÃontologische Zeitschrift, online first
> Also a new species of atoposaurid crocodylian
> Komsorn Lauprasert, Chalida Laojumpon, Wanitchaphat
> Saenphala, Gilles
> Cuny,Kumthorn Thirakhupt and Varavudh Suteethorn 2010
> Atoposaurid crocodyliforms from the Khorat Group of
> Thailand: first
> record of Theriosuchus from Southeast Asia
> PalÃontologische Zeitschrift, online first
> Abstract
> We describe a partial crocodilian skull from the Mesozoic
> non-marine
> sediments of the Khorat Plateau Sao Khua Formation
> (Berriasian-Barremian) in northeastern Thailand and assign
> it to
> Theriosuchus grandinaris sp. nov. An isolated dentary from
> the Phu
> Kradung Formation (latest JurassicâEarly Cretaceous) is
> also
> tentatively assigned to the genus Theriosuchus, and an
> isolated tooth
> from the Khok Kruat Formation (Aptian-Albian) may belong to
> this
> genus. The Thai fossils represent the first unambiguous
> evidence of
> presence of Theriosuchus outside Europe. Its occurrence in
> Thailand
> increases the known diversity of neosuchian crocodyliforms
> from
> Southeast Asia and suggests that Atoposauridae had a wide
> geographical
> distribution from the Late Jurassic to the Early
> Cretaceous.
> btw if someone has access to those last three papers I
> would gladly
> recieve a copy.
> Cheers
> -Ville