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Re: Coelophysis/Rioarribasaurus

On Mon, 22 Apr 1996, King, Norm wrote:

> >As far as I know, _Coelophysis_ itself has not been identified at
> >Ghost Ranch (except by Colbert and those who agree with him, of
> >course).
> Wait a minute!  Colbert identified it there FIRST, and that's what it was
> called for decades!  "Except by...those who agree with him," you say.
> But there were ONLY people who agreed with him for over 40 years!

Yes, Colbert referred the Ghost Ranch animals to _Coelophysis_, but he
did not name the genus, nor was the type material of _Coelophysis_ found
at Ghost Ranch.

> >Bob Sullivan is working on a new diagnosis for _Coelophysis_ that
> >distinguishes it from the Ghost Ranch theropods.
> He could just as easily formulate a diagnosis to make all of the Ghost
> Ranch theropods into _Coelophysis_.

Not if they really are different animals!

> Norman R. King

Nick Pharris
Pacific Lutheran University
Tacoma, WA 98447