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I'd been waiting for a while to ask this one, and I figured now is as
good a time as any. First, though, I have to set up the background:
First: In the 1930s the AMNH collects the partial remains of a
smallish theropod from the Cloverly, which Barnum Brown informally names
"Daptosaurus", but never publishes.
Second: In the 1960s John Ostrom collects more remains of a smallish
theropod from the Cloverly, which he publishes in 1969 as *Deinonychus*.
It turns out to be the same animal as Brown's "Daptosaurus", but since
that name was never published it has no scientific weight. *Deinonychus*
goes on to become a major part of the "Dinosaur Renaissance", and
"Daptosaurus" becomes the equivalent of an answer to a dinosaur-based
My question is, then: How would dinosaur paleontology be different if
Brown had published his "Daptosaurus" in the 1930s, instead of Ostrom
publishing *Deinonychus* in 1969?-*Thescelosaurus*
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