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_Becklespinax_



Hi All -

        I'm hoping someone here has this confusing situation sorted out:
what exactly is the deal with "Altispinax" vs. _Becklespinax_?  Is the
latter a formally named and described taxon and, if so, what's the
reference?  I know that _Altispinax_ is a nomen dubium, based on the
holotype tooth and the vertebrae were referred.  I understand that the
verts of _Becklespinax_ are what Owen originally put into "Megalosaurus"
dunkeri, but are these also the verts that were stuck into _Altispinax_?
And who separated them out and designated the name _Becklespinax_ and
where?

        Too many theropods, too little time...  8-D



Jerry D. Harris                       (214) 768-2750
Dept. of Geological Sciences          FAX:  768-2701
Southern Methodist University
Box 750395                            jdharris@post.smu.edu
Dallas  TX  75275-0395                (Compuserve:  102354,2222)

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