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Re: taxa help please!!
In a message dated 3/4/99 8:48:14 PM EST, email@example.com writes:
<< I need some help on dinosaur taxa and I suppose this is the place to ask...
_Bothriospondylus suffosus_ Owen
_Gigantosaurus megalonyx_ Seeley
These are dino names that I found in a book published in 1895. They were
found in the Kimmeridge Clay of England (Upper Jurassic) and I want to know
if they are still valid taxa.
If not, what they would be referred to as now? >>
The taxa are nomenclaturally valid but the species themselves are based on
material that is probably not diagnostic (i.e., unidentifiable) to the species
level. Both are apparently brachiosaurid sauropods.