Amphibia & Reptilia (Dinosaurs & Co.)

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Recent Advances in the Origin and Early Radiation of Vertebrates. - 703 Seiten, 5 Farb- und 264 Schwarzweißabbildungen, 23 Tabellen, 17 Anhänge.
The first discoveries of Early Paleozoic fishes took place in Scotland and in the Baltic area at the beginning of the 19th century. The first early vertebrate remains recorded from Scotland were of Carboniferous age and are now referred to the sarcopterygians Rhizodus and Megalichthys. Later, discoveries of additional Scottish and Baltic localities made these regions (and also European workers) the main source of information on early vertebrates for a long time. This situation reached its most important development with the contributions of E. STENSIÖ and other Swedish and Danish colleagues, who organised important collecting expeditions (e.g., Podolia and Spitsbergen). New material from these localities and others (e.g., Devonian localities of eastern Canada) allowed STENSIÖ and his followers (the so-called Swedish School) to produce some fascinating morphological work and to propose hypotheses about the origin of early tetrapods that still today are a source of discussion.

New scientific findings have the potential to produce considerable changes in previous interpretations. Vertebrates are not an exception. Based on information gathered over almost two centuries it has long been believed that the origin of vertebrates occurred "sometime" during the earliest Paleozoic, "somewhere" in the northern Hemisphere. However, discoveries of early vertebrates in the Southern Hemisphere (e.g., Australia and Bolivia) led to a new understanding of the early history of the group. These new discoveries have been remarkable in stimulating new collecting. Recent progress has included the discovery of the "earliest" forms in the Lower Cambrian of China together with new and controversial interpretations of the conodonts.

The most recent decade saw new findings that concern not only the earliest vertebrates, but also most fish groups as well as lower tetrapods. They shed new light on the origin and diversification of basal vertebrates and gnathostomes. Critical fossils have been discovered in many different parts of the world. This new material is having a significant impact on previous character interpretation and distribution, as well as on previous phylogenetic hypotheses.

This book brings together many of these recent discoveries and new interpretations to commemorate the retirement of Hans-Peter SCHULTZE from the Museum für Naturkunde in Berlin. H.-P. SCHULTZE has worked on most groups of lower vertebrates ranging from conodonts to early tetrapods. He has collected in most of the crucial sites around the world. He is one of the most productive researchers in paleoichthyology and is considered by many to be the leading figure in this field.

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ARRATIA, G. [HRSG.] (1996):

Contributions of southern South america to Vertebrate Paleontology. 340 S., 222 Abb., 2 Tab., 9 Anh.,
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BANDEL, K. (1986):

The reconstruction of „Hyolithes kingi“ as annelid worm from the Cambrian of Jordan. 67 S., 24 Abb., 10 Taf.; Mit: ALBERTI, G.K.B.: Zu Lebensraum und Palaeobiogeographie unterdevonischer Trilobiten aus Oberfranken-Ostthüringen. 10 S., 2 Tab., 4 Abb.; Mit: VOIGT, E. / SCHNEEMILCH, U.: Neue cheilostome Bryozoenarten aus dem nordwestdeutschen Untercampanium. 35 S., 9 Taf.; HILLMER, G. / SENOWBARI-DARYAN, B.: Sphinctozoa im Cenoman von Mühlheim-Broich, SW-Westfalen. 27 S., 1 Abb., 8 Taf.; Mit: SCHALLREUTER, R.: Silurische Hornsteine und Ostracoden von Sylt. 45 S., 7 Taf.; Mit: WEITSCHAT, W.: Phospahtisierte Ammonoideen aus der mittleren Trias von Central-Spitzbergen. 31 S., 2 Abb., 7 Taf.; Mit: LIENAU, H.-W. / SCHLEICH, H.-H.: Schildkrötenreste aus dem obereozänen Gehlbergschichten von Helmstedt bei Braunschweig (Niedersachsen). 13 S., 4 Abb., 2 Taf.; Mit: WEIDNER, H. / RIOU, B.: Termiten (Isoptera) aus dem Obermiozän von St.-Bauzile (Ardèche, Frankreich). 370 S.,
[BANDEL geht in seinem Artikel u.a. auf das auch aus dem Geschiebe bekannte unterkambrische Problematikum „Volborthella“ ein.]
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BASZIO, S. (1997):

Investigations on Canadian Dinosaurs. 77 S., 25 Abb., 12 Taf.,
[Der Band enthält 2 Arbeiten zur Taxonomie und erstmals auch Paläoökologie isolierter Dinosaurierzähne.]
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The Age of Dinosaurs in Russia and Mongolia. 696 S., zahlr. Abb.,
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BENTON, M.J. (1986):

Fossilium Catalogus: Animalia. Diapsida Permo-Triadica. 50 S.,
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BERESI, M.S. / RIGBY, K.J. (1993):

The Lower Ordovician Sponges of San Juan, Argentinia. Mit: CHURE, D.J.: The first record of Ichthyosaurs from Utah. Mit: MEHL, D. / RIGBY, K.J. / HOLMES, S.R.: Hexactinellid Sponges from the Silurian-Devonian Roberts Mountains Formationin Nevada and Hypotheses of Hexactine-Stauractine Origin. ? S., ? Abb.,
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BERG, D.E. (1966):

Die Krokodile, insbesondere Asiatosuchus und aff. Sebecus?, aus dem Eozän von Messel in Darmstadt/Hessen. 105 S., 11 Abb., 6 Taf.,
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BERTRAND, C.E. (1901):

Les coprolithes de Bernissart. I. Les coprolithes attribués aux Iguanodons. 95 S., 17 Abb., 10 Taf.,
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BILZ, W. (1997):

Geschiebefunde an den Abbruchkanten der Eckernförder Bucht. 5. Sedimentärgeschiebe des Silur: Graptolithengestein. 19 S., 18 Abb.; Mit: WEIDNER, T.: Fund des Trilobiten Aspidagnostus cf. stictus ÖPIK 1967 in einem oberkambrischen Stinkkalk-Geschiebe. Mit: KAHLKE, J.: Neufund einer Echinocorys obliqua mit 4 Ambulakren. 2 S., 1 Abb.; Mit: SCHULZ, W.: Ein Gedicht über die Sammelleidenschaft der Geologen aus der Feder von Ludewig Meyn. Mit: CLAUSEN, M. & LADWIG, J.: Das Kieferfragment eines Mosasauriers aus dem Obercampan von Kronsmoor. 4 S., 3 Abb.; 48 S.,
[Der Geschiebesammler.]
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BILZ, W. (1998):

Geschiebefunde an den Abbruchkanten der Eckernförder Bucht. 6. Sedimentärgeschiebe des Silur und Devon, Kristallingeschiebe des Perm. 18 S., 17 Abb.; Mit.: TÜXEN, H. & LADWIG, J.: Ein Mosasaurierzahn aus einem weißgefleckten Feuerstein. 5 S., 2 Abb.; Mit: POPP, A.: Ein Pygidium von Pliomeroides cf. primigenius (Trilobita) aus einem ordovizischen Geschiebe von Hannover. 4 S., 2 Abb.; Mit: KOENEN, A. von: Das Miocaen Nord-Deutschlands und seine Molluskenfauna. Tafelnachdruck, Teil 1. Taf. 1-3; 48 S.,
[Der Geschiebesammler.]
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BÖTTCHER, R. (1989):

Über die Nahrung eine Leptopterygius (Ichthyosauria, Reptilia) aus dem süddeutschen Posidonienschiefer (Unterer Jura) mit Bemerkungen über den Magen der Ichthyosaurier. 19 S., 19 Abb.,
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BÖTTCHER, R. (1990):

Neue Erkenntnisse über die Fortpflanzungsbiologie der Ichthyosaurier (Reptilia). 51 S., 7 Abb., 1 Tab., 7 Taf.,
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BOY, J.A. (1972):

Die Branchiosaurier (Amphibia) des saarpfälzischen Rotliegenden (Perm, SW-Deutschland). 137 S., 70 Abb., 2 Tab., 2 Taf.,
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BRANDT, S. (1997):

Die Fossilien des Mansfelder und Sangerhäuser Kupferschiefers. 68 S., 42 Abb.,
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BUFFETAUT, E. & MAZIN, J.M. (2003):

Evolution and Palaeobiology of Pterosaurs. - 354 S., sehr viele Abb.,

Pterosaurs were a peculiar group of Mesozoic vertebrates, which acquired the ability to fly in an original way, using a membrane attached to a single finger of the hand. Ever since the first description of a pterosaur skeleton in 1784, these remarkable animals have elicited much discussion and controversy among palaeontologists, and many basic questions about their origin, evolution and biology remain disputed.

In the last few years, interest in pterosaurs has been revived by numerous discoveries of new and sometimes remarkably preserved specimens, which have enlarged and changed our picture of this group.

The volume begins with descriptions of several new pterosaurs from the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous of Europe, North and South America, and Africa. Following this, alternative hypotheses of pterosaur phylogeny and evolution are put forward. Several papers discuss the functional anatomy of pterosaurs and its implications for aerial locomotion. The study of pterosaur footprints provides important new evidence concerning their terrestrial locomotion, and this approach is used in several contributions. A developing aspect of pterosaur research is bone histology, as shown by the final papers in this collection.

Contents: Evolution and palaeobiology of pterosaurs, E Buffetaut and J-M Mazin • A Late Triassic pterosaur from the Northern Calcareous Alps (Tyrol, Austria), P Wellnhofer • New morphological observations on Triassic pterosaurs, F M Dalla Vecchia • A new scaphognathine pterosaur from the Upper Jurassic Morrison Formation of Wyoming, USA, K Carpenter, D Unwin, K Cloward and C Miles • A new crested ornithocheirid from the Lower Cretaceous of northeast Brazil and the unusual death of an unusual pterosaur, E Frey, D M Martill and M-C Buchy • A new species of tapejarid pterosaur with soft-tissue head crest, E Frey, D M Martill and M-C Buchy • Pterosaur (Pteranodontoidea, Pterodactyloidea), scapulo-coracoid from the Early Cretaceous of Venezuela, A W A Kellner and J M Moody • A new azhdarchid pterosaur from the Late Cretaceous phosphates of Morocco, X Pereda Suberbiola, N Bardet, S Jouve, M Iarochene, B Bouya and M Amaghzaz • Giant azhdarchid pterosaurs from the terminal Cretaceous of Transylvania (western Romania), E Buffetaut, D Grigorescu and Z Csiki • Pterosaur phylogeny and comments on the evolutionary history of the group, A W A Kellner • On the phylogeny and evolutionary history of pterosaurs, D Unwin • Morphological evolution of the pectoral girdle of pterosaurs: myology and function, S C Bennett • The detailed anatomy of Rhamphorhynchus: axial pneumaticity and its implications, N Bonde and P Christiansen • New specimens of Pterosauria (Reptilia) with soft parts with implications for pterosaurian anatomy and locomotion, E Frey, H Tischlinger, M-C Buchy and D M Martill • Middle- and bottom-decker Cretaceous pterosaurs: unique designs in active flying vertebrates, E Frey, M-C Buchy and D M Martill • Pterosaur tracks from the latest Campanian Cerro Del Pueblo Formation of southeastern Coahuila, Mexico, R A Rodriguez De La Rosa • Ichnological evidence for quadrupedal locomotion in pterodactyloid pterosaurs: trackways from the Late Jurassic of Crayssac (southwestern France), J-M Mazin, J-P Billon-Bruyat, P Hantzpergue and G Lafaurie • Pterosaur swim tracks and other ichnological evidence of behavior and ecology, M G Lockley and J L Wright • The systematic problem of tetrapod ichnotaxa: the case study of Pteraichnus Stokes, 1957 (Pterosauria, Pterodactyloidea), J-P Billon-Bruyat and J-M Mazin • The John Quekett sections and the earliest pterosaur histological studies, L Steel • Histovariability in bones of two pterodactyloid pterosaurs from the Santana Formation, Araripe Basin, Brazil: Preliminary Results, J M Sayao •

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BULTYNCK, P. (1989):

Bernissant et les Iguanodons. 115 S., 67 Abb., 8 Taf.,
[Die berühmten Saurier Belgiens.]
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CAROLL, R.L. & KUHN, O. & TATARINOV, L.P. (1972):

KUHN/WELLNHOFER: Handbuch der Paläoherpetologie. Vol. 5B: Batrachosauria (Anthracosauria): Gephyrostegida - Chroniosuchida. 81 S., 49 Abb.,
[Original-Preis 102,- DEM. Restauflage, Lieferung solange Vorrat reicht.]
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CASIER, E. (1978):

Les Iguanodons de Bernissant. 166 S., 49 Abb.,
[Die berühmten Saurier Belgiens.]
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CHARIG, A.J. & KREBS, B. & SUES, H.-D. & WESTPHAL, F. (1976):

KUHN/WELLNHOFER: Handbuch der Paläoherpetologie. Vol. 13: Thecodontia. 137 S., 63 Abb.,
[Original-Preis 148,- DEM. Restauflage, Lieferung solange Vorrat reicht.]
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Posture, Locomotion, and Paleoecology of Pterosaurs. - 68 S, div. Abb.;
Pterosaurs were flying archosaurs that lived during the age of dinosaurs from 225 million to 65 million years ago. The ecology of pterosaurs was similar to those of modern seabirds, spending much time in coastal areas for feeding. Small and medium-size pterosaurs probably foraged by plunge diving like modern pelicans. Large pterodactyloids were probably active waders or surface riders during feeding, using their feet to propel while folding their wings sidewise. This volume investigates the flight performance of pterosaurs using 10 genera in a wide size spectrum during their 160 million years of evolution. With body masses ranging from 0.015 kg to 70 kg and wingspans from 0.4 m to 10.4 m, the largest pterosaur weighed about 4700 times more than the smallest species, and the longest wingspan was 25 times the shortest. The authors adapted helicopter momentum stream tube theory to estimate the scaling of aerial locomotion of pterosaurs and to minimize the complexities of animal physiology. Detailed figures illustrate findings on gliding performance, angles, and airspeed, styles of flight, and takeoffs and landings. Possible functions of the pterosaur’s physiological features also are explored.
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CHURE, D.J. (1994):

Koparion douglassi, a New Dinosaur from the Morrison Formation (Upper Jurassic) of Dinosaur National Monument; The Oldest Troodontid (Theropoda; Maniraptora). Mit: JIASONG, F. / RIGBY, J.K.: Upper Carboniferous Phylloid Algal Mounds in Southern Guizhou, China. Mit: KIRKLAND, J. / CARPENTER, K.: North America’s First Pre-Cretaceous Ankylosaur (Dinosauria) from the Upper Jurassic Morrison Formation of Western Colorado. Mit: RIGBY, K.J. / JIASONG, F. / WEI, Z. / SHENGHAI, W. / XIAOLIN, Z.: Sphinctozoan and Inozoan Sponges from the Permian Reefs of South China. Mit: RIGBY, K.J. / MEHL, D.: Devonian Sponges from the Northern Simpson Park Range, Nevada. Mit: SHENGHAI, W. / JIASONG, F. / RIGBY, K.J.: The Permian Reefs in Ziyun County, Southern Guizhou, China. ? S., ? Abb.,
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CLACK, J. (2015):

Basal Tetrapoda. - 92 Seiten, 1 Farb- und 44 Schwarzweißabbildungen.
Handbook of Paleoherpetology
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DIETL, G. & SCHWEIGERT, G. (2001):

Im Reich der Meerengel - Der Nusplinger Plattenkalk und seine Fossilien. 148 S., 192 farbige und 17 sw-Abb.,
[Unter den mehr als 7000 Funden wurden inzwischen über 250 Arten von Pflanzen und Tieren der Jura-Zeit nachgewiesen, darunter auch die als „Meerengel“ bekannten rochenähnlichen Haie, Meereskrokodile, Flugsaurier, Riesenlibellen, Krebse und Landpflanzen i
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ESTES, R. (1983):

KUHN/WELLNHOFER: Handbuch der Paläoherpetologie. Vol. 10A: Sauria terrestria, Amphisbaenia. 249 S., 69 Abb.,
[Original-Preis 290,- DEM. Restauflage, Lieferung solange Vorrat reicht.]