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Integument Structure in Ornithischian Dinosaurs (Russian paper now translated)

Ben Creisler

The original Russian version of the this article was cited back in
August with a very rough English translation of the title and


The official English version of the paper is now out in the
Paleontological Journal, so here is an updated citation along with a
news story in Russian.

(This Russian research on "hypsilophodonts" from Kulinda has become
controversial because of the more fully described "feathered" taxon
Kulindadromeus that is based on fossil material found at the same site
in Siberia by other researchers.)

V. R. Alifanov, S. V. Saveliev, E. Yu. Tereshchenko, V. V. Artemov,
and A. Yu. Seregin (2014)
Integument Structure in Ornithischian Dinosaurs (Hypsilophodontia,
Ornithopoda) from the Late Jurassic of Transbaikalia.
Paleontological Journal 48(5): 523-533
DOI: 10.1134/S0031030114050025

[I don't have the pdf link as yet from Springer.]

Integumentary structures of ornithischain dinosaurs of the taxon
Hypsilophodontia (Ornithopoda) from the Ukureiskaya Formation (Upper
Jurassic) of the Kulinda locality (Transbaikal Region, Russia) are
described in detail. It is shown that members of this group had
so-called bristle scales, integumentary appendages previously unknown
in ornithischian dinosaurs. These are relatively small horn plates
embedded in the skin, the distal margin of which has several long,
flat, and probably constantly growing bristles. The monobristle
variant of bristle scale is probably homologous to the protofeather of
theropods; if this is the case, it is possible to reconstruct the
protofeather as an elongated and constantly growing scale.

News story in Russian: