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Re: Quetzalcoatlus



Quetzalcoatlus was described in two papers. Although this could have been
done in one paper, it is still "legal" for ICZN rules. The first paper
(Lawson 1975a), SCIENCE 187:947-948, gives the description and diagnosis.
The second paper (Lawson 1975b), SCIENCE 188:676-677, gives the type
specimen designation (TMM 41450-3, and name Q. northropi. 

Mike Brett-Surman
Smithsonian Inst.
Paleobiology - Mus. Nat. Hist.

>>> "T. Mike Keesey" <tmk@dinosauricon.com> 05/01/00 05:28PM >>>
On Mon, 1 May 2000, Michael Brett-Surman wrote:

> Quetzalcoatlus was formally named and diagnosed by Doug Lawson in
SCIENCE
> and few issues after the original article came out. This was done in the
> LETTERS section as a response to someone's letter to Science.

Ah, can you tell me which year this was?

Was it a description of Q. sp. or of Q. northropi? I know some older
genera (e.g. _Pterodactylus_) were validly described without any type
species, but this hasn't been permissible for a while has it?

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