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    Petrified Forest

    National Park Arizona

Published Research

(updated 3-13-09)

The following list includes the scientific publications regarding paleontological resources at Petrified Forest National Park. To see what new papers will soon be published, go to the In Press page.

Parker, W. G. 2008. Description of new material of the aetosaur Desmatosuchus spurensis (Archosauria: Suchia) from the Chinle Formation of Arizona and a revision of the genus Desmatosuchus . PaleoBios 28:1-40.

Parker, W. G., and B. J. Barton. 2008. New information regarding the Upper Triassic archosauriform Vancleavea campi based on new material from the Chinle Formation of Arizona. Paleontologia Electronica 11:14A 20p. http://palaeo-electronica.org/2008_3/158/index.html.

Savidge, R. A. 2007. Wood anatomy of Late Triassic trees in Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona, USA, in relation to Araucarioxylon arizonicum Knowlton, 1889. Bulletin of Geosciences 82(4):301-328.

Irmis, R. B. 2007. Axial skeleton ontogeny in the Parasuchia (Archosauria: Pseudosuchia) and its implications for ontogenetic determination in archosaurs. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 27(2):350-361.

Irmis, R. B., Parker, W. G., Nesbitt, S. J., and J. Liu, 2007. Early ornithischian dinosaurs: the Triassic Record. Historical Biology 19(1):3-22.

Irmis, R. B., Nesbitt, S. J., Padian, K., Smith, N. D., Turner, A. H., Woody, D., and A. Downs. 2007. A Late Triassic dinosauromorph assemblage from New Mexico and the rise of dinosaurs. Science 317:358-361. DOI: 10.1126/science.1143325.

Lucas, S. G., Hunt, A. P., and J. A. Spielmann, 2007. A new aetosaur from the Upper Triassic (Adamanian: Carnian) of Arizona. New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science Bulletin 40:247.

Nesbitt, S. J., Irmis, R. B., and W. G. Parker, 2007. A critical reevaluation of the Late Triassic dinosaur taxa of North America. Journal of Systematic Palaeontology 5(2):209-243.

Parker, W. G., 2007. Reassessment of the aetosaur “Desmatosuchuschamaensis with a reanalysis of the phylogeny of the Aetosauria (Archosauria: Pseudosuchia). Journal of Systematic Palaeontology 5(1):41-68.

Axsmith, B. J., 2006. The first Mesozoic record of the enigmatic fossil Palaeoxyris from North America; Chinle Formation, Petrified Forest National Park. Museum of Northern Arizona Bulletin 62:150-151.

Axsmith, B. J., and S. R. Ash, 2006. Two rare fossil cones from the Upper Triassic Chinle Formation in Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona and New Mexico. Museum of Northern Arizona Bulletin 62:82-94.

Hunt A. P., and S. G. Lucas, 2006. Late Triassic tetrapod tracks from Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona. New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science Bulletin 37:221-225.

Jones, T. P., and S. R. Ash, 2006. Late Triassic charcoal and charcoal-like plant fossils from Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona. Museum of Northern Arizona Bulletin 62:106-115.

Lucas, S. G., and A. P. Hunt, 2006. Reappraisal of “reptile nests” from the Upper Triassic Chinle Group, Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona. New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science Bulletin 37:155-159.

Mueller, B. D., and W. G. Parker, 2006. A new species of Trilophosaurus (Diapsida: Archosauromorpha) from the Sonsela Member (Chinle Formation) of Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona. Museum of Northern Arizona Bulletin 62:119-125.

Parker, W. G., 2006. The stratigraphic distribution of major fossil localities in Petrified Forest National Park. Museum of Northern Arizona Bulletin 62:46-61.

Parker, W. G., and R. B. Irmis, 2006. A new species of the Late Triassic phytosaur Pseudopalatus (Archosauria: Pseudosuchia) from Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona. Museum of Northern Arizona Bulletin 62:126-143.

Savidge, R. A., 2006. Xylotomic evidence for two new conifers and a ginkgo within the Late Triassic Chinle Formation of Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona. Museum of Northern Arizona Bulletin 62:147-149.

Savidge, R. A., and S. R. Ash, 2006. Arboramosa semicircumtrachea, an unusual Late Triassic tree in Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona, USA. Museum of Northern Arizona Bulletin 62:65-81.

Watson, J., and S. R. Ash, 2006. A rare bipinnate microsporophyll attributable to the Cycadales from the Late Traissc Chinle Formation, Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona. Museum of Northern Arizona Bulletin 62:95-105.

Woody, D. T., 2006. Revised stratigraphy of the lower Chinle Formation (Upper Triassic) of Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona. Museum of Northern Arizona Bulletin 62:17-45.

Ash, S. R., 2005. Synopsis of the Upper Triassic Flora of Petrified Forest National Park and vicinity, pp. 59-70. inNesbitt, S. J., Parker, W. G., and R. B. Irmis (eds.) 2005.Guidebook to the Triassic Formations of the Colorado Plateau in northern Arizona: Geology, Paleontology, and History. Mesa Southwest Museum Bulletin 6.

Heckert, A. B., Lucas, S. G., and A. P. Hunt, 2005. Triassic fossil vertebrates in Arizona. New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science Bulletin 29:16-44.

Hunt, A. P., Lucas, S. G., and A. B. Heckert, 2005. Definition and correlation of the Lamyan: A new biochronological unit for the non-marine Late Carnian (Late Triassic). New Mexico Geological Society Guidebook, 56th Field Conference, Geology of the Chama Basin, 2005:357-366.

Hunt, A. P., Lucas, S. G., and J. A. Speilmann, 2005a. The holotype specimen of Vancleavea campi from Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona, with notes on the taxonomy and distribution of the taxon. New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science Bulletin 29:59-66.

Hunt, A. P., Lucas, S. G., and J. A. Speilmann, 2005b. The postcranial skeleton of Revueltosaurus callenderi (Archosauria: Crurotarsi) from the Upper Triassic of Arizona and New Mexico, USA. New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science Bulletin 29:67-76.

Irmis, R. B. 2005. The vertebrate fauna of the Upper Triassic Chinle Formation in northern Arizona. p. 63-88. in S.J. Nesbitt, W.G. Parker, and R.B. Irmis (eds.) 2005. Guidebook to the Triassic formations of the Colorado Plateau in northern Arizona: Geology, Paleontology, and History. Mesa Southwest Museum Bulletin 9.

Irmis, R. B., and W. G. Parker. 2005. Unusual tetrapod teeth from the Upper Triassic Chinle Formation, Arizona. Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences 42(7):1339-1345.

Nesbitt, S. J. and W. G. Parker, 2005. The 1947 Society of Vertebrate Paleontology Triassic field trip, then and now, and its significance to Triassic vertebrate paleontology, pp. 1-13. in Nesbitt, S. J., Parker, W. G., and R. B. Irmis (eds.) 2005. Guidebook to the Triassic Formations of the Colorado Plateau in northern Arizona: Geology, Paleontology, and History. Mesa Southwest Museum Bulletin 9.

Nesbitt, S. J., Parker, W. G., and R. B. Irmis (eds.) 2005. Guidebook to the Triassic Formations of the Colorado Plateau in northern Arizona: Geology, Paleontology, and History. Mesa Southwest Museum Bulletin 9.

Parker, W. G., 2005. Faunal review of the Upper Triassic Chinle Formation of Arizona. Mesa Southwest Museum Bulletin 11:34-54.

Parker, W. G., 2005. Petrified Forest National Park. A road log, pp. 37-59. inNesbitt, S. J., Parker, W. G., and R. B. Irmis (eds.) 2005. Guidebook to the Triassic Formations of the Colorado Plateau in northern Arizona: Geology, Paleontology, and History. Mesa Southwest Museum Bulletin 9.

Parker, W. G., and R. B. Irmis, 2005. Advances in vertebrate paleontology based on new material from Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona. New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science Bulletin 29:45-58.

Parker, W. G., 2005. A new species of the Late Triassic aetosaur Desmatosuchus (Archosauria:Pseudosuchia). Compte Rendus Palevol 4(4):327-340.

Parker, W. G., Irmis, R. B., Nesbitt, S. N., Martz, J. W., and L. S. Browne, 2005. The Pseudosuchian Revueltosaurus callenderi and its implications for the diversity of early ornithischian dinosaurs. Proceedings of the Royal Society London B 272(1566):963-969.

Ash, S. R., and R. A. Savidge, 2004. The bark of the Late Triassic Araucarioxylon arizonicum tree from Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona. IAWA Journal 25(3):349-368.

Creber, G. T., and S. R. Ash, 2004. The Late Triassic Schilderia adamanica and Woodworthia arizonica trees of the Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona, USA. Palaeontology 47(1):21-38.

Heckert, A. B., 2004. Late Triassic microvertebrates from the lower Chinle Group (Otischalkian-Adamanian: Carnian) southwestern USA. New Mexico Museum of Natural History Bulletin 27:1-170.

Parker, W. G., and S. Clements, 2004. First year results of the ongoing paleontological inventory of Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona; pp. 201-210 in Van Riper, C. III and K. Cole (eds.), The Colorado Plateau: Cultural, Biological, and Physical Research, University of Arizona Press, Tucson.

Parker, W. G., 2003. Triassic Park: first year results of the ongoing inventory of Petrified Forest National Park. Park Science 22(1):15, 40.

Heckert, A.B., and S.G. Lucas, 2002. Revised Upper Triassic stratigraphy of the Petrified Forest National Park. New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science Bulletin 21:1-36.

Parker, W.G., 2002. Correlation of locality numbers for vertebrate fossil sites in Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona. New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science Bulletin 21:37-42.

Ash, S.R., and G. Creber, 2000. The Late Triassic Araucarioxylon arizonicum trees of the Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona, USA. Palaeontology 43(1):15-28.

Theses and Dissertations
Irmis, R. B. 2008. Perspectives on the origin and early diversification of dinosaurs. PhD dissertation, Department of Integrative Biology, University of California, Berkeley, 421 pp.

Martz, J. W., 2008. Lithostratigraphy, chemostratigraphy, and vertebrate biostratigraphy of the Dockum Group (Upper Triassic), of southern Garza County, West Texas. Unpublished PhD Disseration, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, 504 p.

Stocker, M. R. 2008. The relationships of the phytosaur Leptosuchus Case 1922 with descriptions of new material from Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona. Unpublished M.S. Thesis, University of Iowa, Iowa City, 220p.

Did You Know?

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In additon to the world class fossil record at Petrified Forest National Park, archeological resources are so abundant and so significant that they could stand alone within their own park!