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[dinosaur] Solnhofen fauna from Brunn, Germany + fossil bird collection in Munich museum + Joseph Oberndorfer (free pdfs)

Ben Creisler

Some open access papers not yet mentioned from new issues of Zitteliana 89 and 90:



Oliver W. M. Rauhut, Adriana López-Arbarello, Martin Röper & Monika Rothgaenger (2017)
Vertebrate fossils from the Kimmeridgian of Brunn: the oldest fauna from the Solnhofen Archipelago (Late Jurassic, Bavaria, Germany).
Zitteliana 89: 305-329

The locality of Brunn, Oberpfalz, represents the oldest setting within the area usually included within the Solnhofen Archipelago, dating to the Subeumela Subzone of the Late Kimmeridgian. The locality has yielded a rich vertebrate fauna from eight different levels of plattenkalks, dominated by actinopterygian osteichthyans. Apart from rare chondrichthyans, the fish fauna includes macrosemiid gynglimodians, caturid and ophiopsid halecomorphs, as well as a new specimen of the enigmatic halecomorph Ainia, and a diverse array of teleosts. Tetrapods are represented by reptiles, including rare marine turtles, at least two new taxa of rhynchocephalians, an atoposaurid and a teleosaurid crocodyliform, and rhamphorhynchid and pterodactyloid pterosaurs. Whereas the fish fauna shows close affinities with other Kimmeridgian faunas, not only from the Solnhofen Archipelago, but also from other European sites, such as Cerin, a high degree of endemism is striking within the reptile fauna.


Ursula B. Göhlich (2017)
Catalogue of the fossil bird holdings of the Bavarian State Collection of Palaeontology and Geology in Munich.
Zitteliana 89:  331-349 

A detailed compilation of the published and unpublished avian fossils housed in the Bavarian State Collection of Palaeontology and Geology in Munich is given. It is supplemented by an itemization of published but missing bird fossils, including several type specimens, that were lost since the destruction of the former collection building during World War II.


In German:

Markus Moser (2017)
Der Sammler Dr. Joseph Oberndorfer und seine Fossilien-Sammlung –  ein Beitrag zur Geschichte der Paläontologie in Bayern und zur Frage der Fundorte im Raum Kelheim.
[The collector Dr. Joseph Oberndorfer  and his fossil collection - a contribution to the history of paleontology in Bavaria and the question of the discovery locality in the Kelheim area.]
Zitteliana 90:  55-142

The physician Dr. Joseph Oberndorfer (1802-1873) from Kelheim (Bavaria) was a well-known fossil collector of the 19th century, who gathered his finds predominantly in Upper Jurassic reefal carbonates, plattenkalks and Upper Cretaceous greensandstones in the area of Kelheim. He showed his fossils to experts and laymen, and generously made them available for scientific research. To the more well known scientists who drew from his collection belong Count Georg Muenster, Hermann von Meyer, Friedrich August Quenstedt, Andreas Wagner, Albert Oppel, Karl Alfred Zittel, Max Schlosser and Georg Boehm. By exchanging, gifting and selling, most of his collection finally came into the great public collections in London, Haarlem and above all Munich. It is shown here that Oberndorfer collected fossils and antiquities only in his official district, the area of Kelheim itself, and that the locality specification “Jachenhausen” for the dinosaur Compsognathus is based on an error. Numerous fossils of the Munich State Collection are re-recognised as Oberndorfer’s findings in this work, including many types and figured specimens.