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Re: Questions of Various Kinds



Tim Williams wrote (quoting Rachel Clark):

>> 14) Is _Albertosaurus_ the valid generic name for the species "A. libratus"?
>
>The type species for _Albertosaurus_ (_A. sarcophagus_) is a 
>fragmentary skull which some researchers believe is too poorly 
>preserved to diagnose a valid genus.  This throws the referral of all 
>other _Albertosaurus_ species into doubt.  Apparently the whole 
>_Albertosaurus_ mess is being sorted out at the moment, and a paper 
>is (reputedly) in the pipeline.

Actually, although incomplete, the skull of A. sarcophagus is pretty good,
and shows many unique features.

Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
Vertebrate Paleontologist     Webpage: http://www.geol.umd.edu
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