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Re: Tyrannosauroid material from Uzbekistan

bh480@scn.org <bh480@scn.org> wrote:

> Alexander Averianov & Hans-Dieter Sues (2011)
> Skeletal remains of Tyrannosauroidea (Dinosauria: Theropoda) from the
> Bissekty Formation (Upper Cretaceous: Turonian) of Uzbekistan.
> Cretaceous Research (advance online publication)
> doi:10.1016/j.cretres.2011.11.009
> http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S019566711100187X

The paper also features this tantalizing snippet regarding _Itemirus
medullaris_, from the Bissekty Formation:

"_Itemirus_ has sometimes been classified as a tyrannosauroid
(e.g., Holtz, 2004), but newly collected material indicates that
it is, in fact, referable to Dromaeosauridae (Sues and Averianov,
in preparation)."

It should be noted that _Itemirus_ was found to be a dromaeosaurid (a
velociraptorine, no less) in the phylogenetic analysis of Longrich and
Currie (2009), in their description of _Hesperonychus_.  But the
prospect of new _Itemirus_ material is exciting.