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new snake and taxonomy
I just had a chance to look at the Nature article on _Pachyrhachis_. It
seems to be pretty interesting, although I've only had time to skim it.
One thing that immediately caught my attention though. The authors refer
a genus called _Estesius_ to _Pachyrhachis_. Returning to an old thread
about suffixes on taxonomic names, I'm wondering whether _Estesius_ (the
name, not the organism) is different from _Estesia_, the new (relatively)
varanoid from Mongolia? Are two taxa that differ only in their suffix
On a side note, there has been another taxon described as
_Estesius_, a frog from Tiupampa in Bolivia. The snake was named in
1984, the frog in 1994, so the name should apply to the snake. Has
_Estesius_ the frog been renamed yet? I'm doing some work on material
from the early Cenozoic of Bolivia, so I'd appretiate a citation if it
has been renamed.
The Duke dino