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Coelurosaurian remains from Wangshi Group of Shandong Province, China
From: Ben Creisler
A new paper:
Stephen F. Poropat & Benjamin P. Kear (2013)
Reassessment of coelurosaurian (Dinosauria, Theropoda) remains from
the Upper Cretaceous Wangshi Group of Shandong Province, China.
Cretaceous Research 45: 103–113
Non-avian theropods are well represented in the Cretaceous of Asia.
However, the first theropod remains ever reported from China, from the
Wangshi Group of Shandong Province, have not been reassessed since
they were described by Carl Wiman in 1929, despite the great strides
that have been made in theropod phylogenetics in the last eight
decades. The remains redescribed herein consist of four vertebrae (two
cervicals, one dorsal and one caudal) from one site, and a caudal
vertebra and ungual phalanx from another. The vertebrae from the first
site are assigned to tyrannosauroids and ornithomimosaurs, as is the
caudal vertebra from the second site, whereas the manual ungual also
bears resemblances to those of non-maniraptoran coelurosaurs
(specifically compsognathids and ornithomimosaurs). Theropods remain
relatively rare in the Wangshi Group; nevertheless, the remains
redescribed herein highlight the potential for the discovery of more
theropod remains in future excavations.