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Dinosaur Genera List corrections #144



The June 2000 issue of the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology has arrived, 
and with it come the descriptions of two new theropod dinosaurs:

de Klerk, W. J., Forster, C. A., Sampson, S. D., Chinsamy, A. & Ross, C. F., 
2000. "A new coelurosaurian dinosaur from the Early Cretaceous of South 
Africa," Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 20(2): 324-332 [June 27, 2000].

This paper describes Nqwebasaurus thwazi, a small basal coelurosaur 
(Theropoda, Tetanurae, Coelurosauria) from an unnamed member of the Kirkwood 
Formation, Eastern Cape Province, South Africa. Mainly the appendicular 
skeleton, very well preserved. This is, I believe, the small theropod 
nicknamed "Kirky" in popular accounts.

Allain, R. & Taquet, P., 2000. "A new genus of Dromaeosauridae (Dinosauria, 
Theropoda) from the Upper Cretaceous of France," Journal of Vertebrate 
Paleontology 20(2): 404-407 [June 27, 2000].

This paper describes Pyroraptor olympius from an ungual phalanx and other 
foot and limb bones, a couple of vertebrae, and teeth from the Upper 
Campanian to Lower Maastrichtian of Provence, France. The material is clearly 
dromaeosaurid.

Accordingly, we add as genera #887 and 888 to the Dinosaur Genera List:

Nqwebasaurus de Klerk, Forster, Sampson, Chinsamy & Ross, 2000
Pyroraptor Allain & Taquet, 2000

In the list of African dinosaurs in Mesozoic Meanderings #3 second printing 
will appear

Nqwebasaurus de Klerk, Forster, Sampson, Chinsamy & Ross, 2000
    N. thwazi de Klerk, Forster, Sampson, Chinsamy & Ross, 2000â

To the list of European dinosaurs in the same reference will be added

Pyroraptor Allain & Taquet, 2000
    P. olympius Allain & Taquet, 2000â

Finally, I should mention the new paper

Zhou Z.-H. & Wang X.-L., 2000. "A new species of Caudipteryx from the Yixian 
Formation of Liaoning, northesast China," Vertebrata PalAsiatica 38(2): 
111-127 [April 2000].

This describes the new species

Caudipteryx dongi Zhou & Wang, 2000

which will be added to the genus Caudipteryx in the list of Asiatic dinosaurs 
in Mesozoic Meanderings #3 second printing. The species is distinguished from 
the type species C. zoui by its somewhat larger size but smaller sternum. 
Feather impressions(!) abound. The authors also erect a new family, 
Caudipteridae, within Theropoda > Maniraptora, for the genus Caudipteryx. 
(Alas, the family name is incorrectly formed and should have been spelled 
Caudipterygidae, but under Article 29.4 of the new 2000 ICZN, the original 
spelling Caudipteridae is to be maintained in spite of this because it is 
properly formed from the genus Caudipteryx as specified in Article 29.3.3.).

The Dinosaur Genera List currently resides at my website

http://members.aol.com/Dinogeorge/index.html

which also contains a description of and ordering information for the first 
printing of Mesozoic Meanderings #3, 60 copies of which remain in stock as of 
this writing.