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Re: Time Space and Matter -2

>Not quite true.  There was a controversy over the placement of
>Mamenchisaurus.  Some placed it as a divergent (aka unusual)
>diplodocid (in its own subfamily), others placed it in the
>Asian endemic family Euhelpodidae, along with Omeisaurus
>and a few other unusual long-necked forms.  Thus the skull was
>not a total surprise.

        True...but in the _Western_ world, the consensus in most books
seemed to place it as a diplodocid (often in the Mamenchisaurinae
subfamily), whereas the Chinese, who had much better exposure to the
various regional sauropods, guessed it to be a Euhelopodid, which, of
course, it turned out to be!  8-)

Jerry D. Harris
Now Impending PhD Student
        In (Surprise!) Paleontology at
        Southern Methodist University
Internet:  jdharris@teal.csn.net
CompuServe:  73132,3372
        (and thus 73132.3372@compuserve.com)

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