Once again I’m in that frustrating position so beloved of bloggers: where life and work just doesn’t let you fritter away all those ‘spare’ hours preparing lengthy blog articles. In the mean time, here’s one of those ‘mystery pictures’ to identify. What is it? Genus will do (I know the species, but that’s because I have special data not available from this image). [UPDATE: no more guessing please. Answer below, comment # 31.]
While I’m here I may as well mention a few things I won’t get to blog about.
Just did the trawling-the-journals thing. New items of much interest include the new long-necked, slender-snouted
rhomaleosaurid (see comments) plesiosaur Hauffiosaurus tomistomimus Benson et al., 2011, the Santana Formation ornithocheiroid pterosaur Barbosania gracilirostris Elgin & Frey, 2011 and Cajus Diedrich’s paper on cave-haunting cave lions. Some lions got trapped in caves and died there, but taphonomic evidence is argued to show that others deliberately entered the caves in order to prey on hibernating bears (Diedrich 2011). This paper appears in the same issue of Historical Biology as the printed version of my review of Gary Kaiser’s The Inner Bird (Naish 2011).
Also of interest is Greg Paul’s brief recent article in Prehistoric Times where he argues that the biggest azhdarchids were not – contra Witton (and Naish, I suppose) – “as tall as giraffes” (Paul 2011). Mark and I have discussed this and are sure that, because Greg’s reconstruction is flawed (for reasons obvious to anyone who’s read Witton & Naish (2008)), his assertion is incorrect. A response is in the works. Versions of Mark’s giraffe vs azhdarchid picture have appeared on Tet Zoo since September 2007.
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Diedrich, C. G. 2011. The largest European lion Panthera leo spelaea (Goldfuss 1810) population from the Zoolithen Cave, Germany: specialised cave bear predators of Europe? Historical Biology 23, 271-311.
Naish, D. 2011. Book reviews: The inner bird: anatomy and evolution. em>Historical Biology 23, 313-316.
Paul, G. S. 2011. Azhdarchids were NOT as big as giraffes! Prehistoric Times 97, 22.