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RE: Omeisauridae/Mamenchisauridae



> From: owner-dinosaur@usc.edu [mailto:owner-dinosaur@usc.edu]On Behalf Of
> NJPharris@aol.com
>
> I tried searching the archives on this one, but to no avail.
>
> If one were to accept the existence of a family of sauropods containing
> _Omeisaurus_ and _Mamenchisaurus_, but not _Euhelopus_, what would that
> family be called?  Specifically, which was named first, Omeisauridae or
> Mamenchisauridae?
>
> Note that I am asking when the *families* were named, not the genera.
>

I have never seen anyone use the name "Omeisauridae", but Mamenchisauridae
was used in the original _Mamenchisaurus_ paper.  As such, I suspect the
latter has priority.

                Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
                Vertebrate Paleontologist
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> Thanks,
> Nick P.
>