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Re: Standard taxonomic and geographic refererences

Taxonomic and geographic references. That caught my attention (even early on a Saturday morning), since I was co-author and co-editor of Honacki, Kinman & Koeppl, 1982 (which preceded Wilson and Reeder, 1993).
Anyway, the most up-to-date dinosaur species lists are naturally online, and you might start with Dinobase at the University of Bristol (maintained by one of Michael Benton's students). Typing in Dinobase in any good search engine should bring up a link to it (if not, I can get it for you). Another one is called Dinodata. But I don't know of any which contain comprehensive geographical data for each species (as we did for mammals). Perhaps someone is working on such a comprehensive online dinosaur catalog, but I am mainly interested in taxonomy at family and ordinal level, so I haven't really looked for one.
Cheers, Ken Kinman
From: Rich Grenyer <r.grenyer@ic.ac.uk>
Reply-To: r.grenyer@ic.ac.uk
To: dinosaur@usc.edu
Subject: Standard taxonomic and geographic refererences
Date: Sat, 22 Jul 2000 12:43:50 +0100

Dear Dinosaur-L:

Some of the work I'm doing on mammalian macroevolution has touched a little on dinosaurs, and I'm trying to get to grips with the huge literature in a quick and necessarily superficial way...Sounds ominous, I know. Anyway, I was wondering if there's a well-regarded and comprehensive dinosaurian taxonomy that covers species decribed after Weishampel, Dodson and Osmolska (1992), and in general how well the species list contained in that reference is regarded. My goal isn't bang-up-to-date phylogenetic revisions, but a standard reference similar to Corbet & Hill (1981) and Wilson & Reeder (1993) for mammals which can be used as a benchmark until superceded by an accumulation of little changes, or some seismic shake-ups.

I was also wondering if anyone has compiled a locality database for
dinosaurian skeletal fossils, similar to the FAUNMAP project for
Quaternary mammals, and if so whether it is online anywhere.

Apologies if this either has been covered before or really isn't
interesting - desperation is beginning to strike at little!


Rich Grenyer

Rich Grenyer

Mammalian Evolution and Conservation
Biology Department
Imperial College at Silwood Park

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