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RE: Cratoavis, new enantiornithine bird from the Early Cretaceous of Brazil (free pdf)
Anyone else find the timing and substance of this paper rather suspicious? The
same authors had their previous paper in Nature Communications which fully
described the specimen accepted on April 10th, then submitted this paper naming
it on May 18th, to have it accepted the next day (showing there couldn't have
been much if any review). Indeed, the fact the third and fourth sections are
titled "Three The Fossil Preservation" and "Four Systematic Paleontology" while
the first and second lack "One" or "Two" on their titles shows review was
neglected. Then there's figure 4 which has a caption with abbreviations and
autapomorphies inside the figure box, which is itself captioned. Did the
authors submit a manuscript describing and naming Cratoavis to Nature, but have
that part rejected, and submitted the naming portion to the Brazilian Journal
of Geology with some "fast track" to publication?
> Date: Sun, 5 Jul 2015 08:49:08 -0700
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> Subject: Cratoavis, new enantiornithine bird from the Early Cretaceous of
> Brazil (free pdf)
> Ben Creisler
> A new paper in open access:
> Ismar Carvalho, Fernando E. Novas, Federico L. Agnolín, Marcelo P.
> Isasi, Francisco I. Freitas and José A. Andrade (2015).
> A new genus and species of enantiornithine bird from the Early
> Cretaceous of Brazil.(FAST TRACK)
> Brazilian Journal of Geology 45 (2): 161–171
> The fossil record of birds in Gondwana is almost restricted to the
> Late Cretaceous. Herein we describe a new fossil from the Araripe
> Basin, Cratoavis cearensis nov. gen et sp., composed of an articulated
> skeleton with feathers attached to the wings and surrounding the body.
> The present discovery considerably extends the temporal record of the
> Enantiornithes birds at South A
> first time, an almost complete and articulated skeleton of an Early
> Cretaceous bird from South America is documented.
> NOTE: This is the fossil specimen that was first announced back in June:
> Ismar de Souza Carvalho, Fernando E. Novas, Federico L. Agnolín,
> Marcelo P. Isasi, Francisco I. Freitas & José A. Andrade (2015)
> A Mesozoic bird from Gondwana preserving feathers.
> Nature Communications 6, Article number: 7141
> Many thanks to Vahe Demirjian for bringing this new paper to my attention.