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RE: Gwawinapterus a fish, not a pterosaur

Which is something. Teeth of an amazing similar form (extremely high crowned, 
deep rooted, conical with subequal major and minor diameters, often with 
carinae, fluting of the enamel, and a slight curve on each minor axis, and 
generally thick enamel and a thin dentine pulp) are found in:

1. Pterosaurs
2. Spinosaurid dinosaurs
3. Saurodontid fish
and 4. Plesiosaurs, especially elasmosaurs

Enamel microstructure is NOT DONE as much as it should be, especially for 
pterosaurs -- which I suspect is due to the dual "sacred cows" of not 
sectioning valuable material (even when we have non-invasive techniques that 
bear exploration) and reliance of strictly external morphology in description.


  Jaime A. Headden
  The Bite Stuff (site v2)

"Innocent, unbiased observation is a myth." --- P.B. Medawar (1969)

"Ever since man first left his cave and met a stranger with a
different language and a new way of looking at things, the human race
has had a dream: to kill him, so we don't have to learn his language or
his new way of looking at things." --- Zapp Brannigan (Beast With a Billion 

> Date: Tue, 28 Aug 2012 14:44:56 -0400
> From: mkirkaldy@aol.com
> To: dinosaur@usc.edu
> Subject: Re: Gwawinapterus a fish, not a pterosaur
> In reading the excerpt that is available at the link below, it appears
> that Gwawinapterus beardi should have first been compared to
> saurodontid fish rather than trying to make it into an extraordinary
> pterosaur find.
> Mary
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Calum Davies <Calum.Davies@port.ac.uk>
> To: bcreisler <bcreisler@gmail.com>; dinosaur <dinosaur@usc.edu>
> Sent: Tue, Aug 28, 2012 1:12 pm
> Subject: Re: Gwawinapterus a fish, not a pterosaur
> It was only a matter of time. One less thing to tackle in my PhD.
> >>> Ben Creisler 28/08/12 5:15 PM >>>
> From: Ben Creisler
> bcreisler@gmail.com
> In the new JVP:
> Romain Vullo, Eric Buffetaut & Michael J. Everhart (2012)
> Reappraisal of Gwawinapterus beardi from the Late Cretaceous of
> Canada: a saurodontid fish, not a pterosaur.
> Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 32 (5): 1198-1201
> DOI:10.1080/02724634.2012.681078
> http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/02724634.2012.681078
> --