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Re: Rinchia

At 11:57 PM 1/2/98 -0600, John Schneiderman wrote:
>1) What's the current status of Rinchia (please forgive the spelling)?
>2) Is it the complete new name for "Oviraptor" mongoliensis?

It is NOT officially out yet, it was leaked (seemingly by accident) in
Barsbold's chapter on Oviraptorosauria in Currie & Padian's Encyclopedia of
Dinosaurs.  Yes, it is apparently the same critter as O. mongoliensis.  All
other info you requested is not available at present.

Oh, and the name is "Rinchenia" (as in Rinchen Barsbold).

Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
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