Friday, December 23, 2005

More New Dinos

A new primitive hadrosauroid dinosaur from the Early Cretaceous of Inner Mongolia (P.R. China). 2005. Pascal Godefroit, Hong Li and Chang-Yong Shang. Comptes Rendus Palevol. Vol. 4(8): 697-705.

Abstract: The right dentary of a new hadrosauroid dinosaur, Penelopognathus weishampeli, has been discovered in the Bayan Gobi Formation (Albian, Lower Cretaceous) of Inner Mongolia (P.R. China). This new taxon is characterised by its elongated, straight dental ramus, whose lateral side is pierced by about 20 irregularly distributed foramina. Its dentary teeth appear more primitive than those of Probactrosaurus, but more advanced than those of Altirhinus, both also from the Lower Cretaceous of the Gobi area. Non-hadrosaurid Hadrosauroidea were already well diversified in eastern Asia by Early Cretaceous time, suggesting an Asian origin for the hadrosauroid clade.

The ‘Giant of Ksour’, a Middle Jurassic sauropod dinosaur from Algeria. 2005. F. Mahammed et al., Comptes Rendus Palevol 4(8): 707-714.

Abstract: Continental strata of Early and Middle Jurassic age are seldom-exposed, and little is known of the history of sauropod dinosaurs prior to the neosauropod radiation of the end of the Middle Jurassic. Here, we report, in the Middle Jurassic of the Occidental Saharan Atlas (Algerian High Atlas), the discovery of a skeleton, including cranial material, of a new cetiosaurid sauropod. Chebsaurus algeriensis n. g., n. sp. represents the most complete Algerian sauropod available to date, only few remains were found before.

Images from HERE.