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Re: proper name for coelophysis
On Thu, 16 Feb 1995, Bonnie Blackwell, x 3332 wrote:
> i recently read in lucas' textbook that _Rioarribasaurus_ is the new
> name for _Coelophysis_. Has this name been accepted generally by the dinosaur
> community? I note in mail messages from the listserver by several people,
> that they are still using _Coelophysis_. Opinions please...
Last time I heard, Rioarribasaurus is the name proposed for the
small theropods found on or near the Ghost Ranch Quarry, New Mexico.
Coelophysis is still valid, although the type material is not very good.
The debate continues...
As for myself, I hope they continue to use both names. Rioarribasaurus
is based on many, good specimens (juveniles and adults) and should be
used for Ghost Ranch theropods exclusively. Outside of the Ghost Ranch
Coelophysis should be used.
That's my opinion...
---John Schneiderman (firstname.lastname@example.org)