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Re: Europelta, new nodosaur from Early Cretaceous of Spain

From: Ben Creisler

A news story in English about James Kirkland and the Utah connection:


On Mon, Dec 2, 2013 at 3:23 PM, Ben Creisler <bcreisler@gmail.com> wrote:
> From: Ben Creisler
> bcreisler@gmail.com
> For the record, the official pdf is now available (with the muddled
> definition of Struthiosaurinae retained):
> James I. Kirkland, Luis Alcalá, Mark A. Loewen, Eduardo Espílez, Luis
> Mampel & Jelle P. Wiersma (2013)
> The Basal Nodosaurid Ankylosaur Europelta carbonensis n. gen., n. sp.
> from the Lower Cretaceous (Lower Albian) Escucha Formation of
> Northeastern Spain.
> PLoS ONE 8(12): e80405.
> doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0080405
> http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0080405
> Nodosaurids are poorly known from the Lower Cretaceous of Europe. Two
> associated ankylosaur skeletons excavated from the lower Albian
> carbonaceous member of the Escucha Formation near Ariño in
> northeastern Teruel, Spain reveal nearly all the diagnostic recognized
> character that define nodosaurid ankylosaurs. These new specimens
> comprise a new genus and species of nodosaurid ankylosaur and
> represent the single most complete taxon of ankylosaur from the
> Cretaceous of Europe. These two specimens were examined and compared
> to all other known ankylosaurs. Comparisons of these specimens
> document that Europelta carbonensis n. gen., n. sp. is a nodosaur and
> is the sister taxon to the Late Cretaceous nodosaurids Anoplosaurus,
> Hungarosaurus, and Struthiosaurus, defining a monophyletic clade of
> European nodosaurids– the Struthiosaurinae.
> On Mon, Dec 2, 2013 at 8:32 AM, Ben Creisler <bcreisler@gmail.com> wrote:
>> From: Ben Creisler
>> bcreisler@gmail.com
>> A number of news stories and blog items in Spanish about the discovery
>> of a 5-meter-long nodosaur from the Early Cretaceous of Spain. It is
>> the most complete skeleton of an ankylosaur ever found in Europe. The
>> official description is scheduled to appear in PLoS ONE, I assume
>> later today.
>> http://www.diariovasco.com/rc/20131202/mas-actualidad/sociedad/dinosaurio-teruel-201312021630.html
>> http://noticias.lainformacion.com/ciencia-y-tecnologia/paleontologia/el-dinosaurio-acorazado-mas-completo-de-europa-europelta-carbonensis-se-encuentra-en-arino-teruel_qg8dFh9m0XdxdNZd6PMaj2/
>> http://www.pakozoic.com/2013/12/europelta-el-dinosaurio-acorazado-de.html