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Re: Saurophagus



>Regarding the Saurophagus/Epanterias matter, I just ran into
>an interesting "oops".
>
>According to my taxonomic notes at home, the generic name
>Saurophagus is a junior homonym of another Saurophagus
>described by Swainson in 1831.  (Saurophagus maximus was described
>in 1914).
>
>So, this organism seems to currently be without a valid generic
>name!

Not so.  If the Swainson name was not used in the 50 years preceding 1914,
then it became "available" for the allosaurid.  Let us hope this is so, so
the dinosaur can get a name!

                                
Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.                                   
tholtz@geochange.er.usgs.gov
Vertebrate Paleontologist in Exile                  Phone:      703-648-5280
U.S. Geological Survey                                FAX:      703-648-5420
Branch of Paleontology & Stratigraphy
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