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Re: Reinterpretation of Samrukia as a pterosaur

The original "Samrukia nessovi" paper is still listed as in press on
the Biology Letters web site.

If this is the case, and Buffetaut's paper appears in print first, he
will have scooped Naish et al. in formally naming this species.


On Tue, Nov 15, 2011 at 8:21 AM, Augusto Haro <augustoharo@gmail.com> wrote:
> Samrukia nessovi, from the Late Cretaceous of Kazakhstan: A large
> pterosaur, not a giant bird
> Eric Buffetaut,
> Abstract
> Samrukia nessovi was described as a giant bird on the basis of a pair
> of mandibular rami from the Late Cretaceous of Kazakhstan. Anatomical
> comparison shows that the specimen bears no distinctive avian
> characters, and that its purported autapomorphies, as well as all its
> other characters, are in fact well-known pterosaurian features. The
> published phylogenetic analysis placing Samrukia within Aves is flawed
> because it did not include pterosaurs. Samrukia nessovi is clearly a
> large pterosaur, not a giant bird.
> Keywords: Samrukia; Aves; Pterosauria; Kazakhstan; Late Cretaceous
> http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0753396911000577