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Monolophosaurus (was Re: Gasosaurus (was Re: MJ coelurosaurians))

At 06:59 AM 2/11/99 -0800, Larry Dunn wrote:
>--"Thomas R. Holtz, Jr." <th81@umail.umd.edu> wrote:
>> These
>> features are also found in basal carnosaurs (_Monolophosaurus_,
>> _Yangchaunosaurus_, etc.), 
>Monolophosaurus is a *basal* carnosaur?  Zhao and Currie (1993) opine
>that M. is more advanced than Sinraptor and Yangchuanosaurus, which
>would put if pretty far from, say Cryolophosaurus, wouldn't it?
>Has there been a reappraisal of the traits of M.?

Yes.  A number of carnosaur-related papers are coming out in the near
future, and several of them place _Mono._ as a branch or two further away
from _Allo._ than are the sinraptorids.  Could, of course, change with new
data.  _Mono._ does certainly seem to be a more primitive beastie than
_Allosaurus_ (certainly) and the sinraptorids (probably), & I wouldn't be
terribly surprised to find it outside the allosaur-coelurosaur clade at some

Have yet to get a good long look at _Cryolophosaurus_ (soon, hopefully) to
try and find out where it fits.

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