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Re: more info on ornithischians



In a message dated 8/26/00 10:47:51 PM EST, mickey_mortimer@email.msn.com 
writes:

<< "Yingshanosaurus jichuanensis"
 "Gobisaurus"
 "Gadolosaurus"
 "Graciliceratops" >>

They're all nomina nuda. Unfortunately my references are all buried and 
inaccessible, but:

Yinshanosaurus jichuanensis is a stegosaur similar to Tuojiangosaurus and 
not, as yet, formally described, although photos of the mounted skeleton have 
appeared in a couple of Chinese pop-sci publications. Tracy Ford has these; 
he drew a reconstruction of the skeleton for my forthcoming (don't hold your 
breath) stegosaurian volume 1 of Historical Dinosaurology.

Gobisaurus is an ankylosaur from Mongolia (where else, with a name like 
that?) and its name was published in a pop-sci dino book by Phil Currie and 
someone else. The specimen was on display with the "Greatest Show Unearthed" 
traveling dino exhibit from the Canada-China Dinosaur Project.

The name Gadolosaurus was first published in a Chinese pop-sci dino book way 
back in 1981, and the name appears to be a miserable transliteration of the 
word "hadrosaur." It was in the caption to a photo of a juvenile hadrosaurian 
or iguanodontian skeleton. The specimen will be described by David Norman in 
his ongoing series on the iguanodontians and hadrosaurians of Asia, and it 
might even be a new genus. For a while everyone thought this was a juvenile 
Arstanosaurus, but evidently this is a ceratopian, not a hadrosaur as 
originally described.

Graciliceratops is an as-yet-undescribed small ceratopian from Mongolia. The 
name slipped out in the Forster/Sereno article on Marginocephalia in the 
Complete Dinosaur volume (Farlow & Brett-Surman).