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Re: Re: Erlic/kosaurus
Jonathan R. Wagner wrote:
>Peter Bucholtz said:
>>Please, Please, PLEASE don't spell _Erlikosaurus_ with a 'c', it is
> I seem to recall someone (TR Holtz?) pointing out the name is
>misspelled in the beginning of the document describing it, and under
>one of the ICZN rules ("Page number priority" or something like that),
>the first spelling ever has priority.
Actually, it wasn't me who pointed this out; it was Perle Altangarel,
who named the critter. Part of the confusion lies in the fact that it
was formally named as a n. gen. et sp. in two different papers, one in
English in Acta Paleontologia Polonica, one in Russian in the Results
of the Soviet-Mongolian Expeditions.
>>said that Phil Currie said that _Erlikosaurus_' braincase and
>>cranial nerve anatomy were very similar to birds. I think they are
>>bullatosaurs because of their enlarged parasphenoids (like Troodonts
> The illustration in _The Dinosauria_ shows an enlarged
>BASIshpenoid. I have been pretty unsure about how to interpret this.
>If anyone on the list has any suggestions...
Perhaps you can check out Perle et al.'s 1994 paper on the skull of
Erlicosaurus in American Museum Novitates (sorry, don't have the
volume & page refs)? They did a splendid job reillustrating and
describing the skull.
Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
Vertebrate Paleontologist Webpage: http://www.geol.umd.edu
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