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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 <email@example.com>
Subject: Standard taxonomic and geographic refererences
Date: Sat, 22 Jul 2000 12:43:50 +0100
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for mammals which can be used as a benchmark until superceded by an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!
Mammalian Evolution and Conservation
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