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Re: _Elaphrosaurus_, a Coelophysid?
> In _Predatory Dinosaurs of the World_, Greg Paul rejected the thoughts
>about _Elaphrosaurus that were previlent at the time, and put the genus
>_Elaphrosaurus_ into the family Coelophysidae instead of the Ornithomimidae
>as it is in _The Dinosauria_. Has anyhting new come to light about the
>proper taxonomic position of _Elaphrosaurus_?
In my 1994 theropod phylogeny, I found that Elaphrosaurus was indeed a
ceratosaur. This is concurred by Sereno et al. 1994 and Clark et al. 1994(
or 5, I can't remember). I do not know of any theropod systemicist who
still thinks Elaphrosaurus is an ornithomimosaur.
>believe me I would have spelled Coelophydidae correctly (with the smushed oe
That would no longer be correct: diacrtitical marks and "smushed letters"
are no longer valid in taxonomic nomenclature (and haven't been since the
1960s, I think).
Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
Dept. of Geology
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742