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Last week, I went to Stanford's earth sciences library to look for shark articles old and new. While looking at the most recent issues of various journals on hand (sadly, the university subscribes to far fewer than in past years), I noticed artwork of a mosasaur on the cover of the January 2012 issue of the Bulletin de la Societe Geologique de France. The issue emanates from a 2010 meeting of mosasaur specialists from around the world at the Paris Museum of Natural History (French initials being "MNHN") and contains several articles on mosasaurs. I am mostly interested in sharks but also collect a little of everything, and over the years, I've bought or traded for a few mosasaur teeth and bones, especially with specimens being so inexpensive from Morocco - even the uncommon species. I leafed through the issue and noticed an article titled "The Mosasaur collections of the Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle of Paris." It is a 19-page review of the holotypes of several species collected in France, some historic specimens (including the type specimen of Mosasaurus hoffmanni, a war tropy the French army took from Holland in 1794) and a diverse selection from all over the world. The MNHN also contains the study material for Camille Arambourg's classic 1952 monograph on the vertebrates of the Moroccan phosphates (over 100,000 specimens - mostly shark teeth but also hundreds of mosasaur teeth, jaw sections, and vertebrae). I had heard that some of the genera and species names had been changed and have heard collectors go from Mosasaurus anceps to Leiodon anceps and back to M. anceps so it was interesting to see that just that one article would be a handy reference to update myself on current usage. I didn't realize that there were at least 10 recognized species of mosasaur from the Moroccan phosphates (would have guessed four or five). Anyway, I assume the mosasaur collectors on the forum already know about the issue but I thought it was worth mentioning. I neglected to note the titles of the other articles at the time (photocopied only that one article) but you can find them here: http://bsgf.geoscienceworld.org/content/183/1.toc You will also see that the focus on mosasaurs extends to the next issue (March 2012): http://bsgf.geoscienceworld.org/content/current Jess