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Re: diplodocid radiation

>Is there any strong evidence of diplodocids present in Asia?  I am 
>belonging more and more convinced that Asian sauropods considered to be 
>diplodocids are now being placed within the Euhelopodids or some other 
>family (similar to diplodocids) as yet to be named.

The two skull genera _Quesitosaurus_ and _Nemegtosaurus_ are members of the
Diplodocoidea, and are either their own family (Nemegtosauridae) or the late
surviving members of the Dicraeosauridae.  A lumper might place all
diplodocoids in the single family Diplodocidae.  Whatever the case, these
two skull taxa are (probably) more closely related to _Dicraeosaurus_ and
_Diplodocus_ than to _Euhelopus_ or _Mamenchisaurus_.

[Then again, Greg Paul has restored the skull of _Nemegtosaurus_ on the body
of the sympatric sauropod _Opisthocoelicaudia_...]

>P.S. this goes for Camarasaurids also.

The Asian "camarasaurids" (esp. _Euhelopus_) are now considered a different
clade, Euhelopodidae.

Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
Vertebrate Paleontologist     Webpage: http://www.geol.umd.edu
Dept. of Geology              Email:th81@umail.umd.edu
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