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Re: Dinosaur Genera List corrections #75



At 01:28 PM 7/24/97 -0400, you wrote:
>Today's print media carried the announcement of a new theropod, probably a
>deinonychosaurian "distant relative of both velociraptor and birds," from
>Argentina. The initial release (July 23, 1997) seems to be anonymous
>(Reuter), but the name itself is clearly attributed to Fernando Novas, so I
>add
>
>Araucanoraptor Novas, 1997 [nomen nudum]
>
>as the 808th generic name in the Dinosaur Genera List. The species name is
>given as _Araucanoraptor argentinus_ in the release. The material is loosely
>described as a foot from a site near Plaza Huincul, dated about 90 Ma. From
>this a head-to-tail length of 8 feet (2.5 m) and weight of 66 lbs (30 kg) are
>extrapolated.

I haven't seen the pictures for this one yet, but this may be the troodontid
or troodont-like form he showed at SVP 96.  (The big-ass dromaeosaurid from
the same unit will be named something else.)

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