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Re: A New State Dinosaur?
SAUROPHAGANAX = lizard (sauro) eating (phago) king (anax)
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From: Thomas R. Holtz, Jr. <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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Sent: Tuesday, May 16, 2000 8:41 PM
Subject: RE: A New State Dinosaur?
> > From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com]On Behalf Of
> > T. Mike Keesey
> > > >>"Saurophaganax (a close relative of Allosaurus) is the state
> > dinosaur of
> > > Oklahoma, the only place it has been found so far. "<<
> > >
> > > Hmm. I don't know that name. There *is* _Saurophagus maximus_,
> > which I think
> > > is from OK, and which Paul (1988) listed as a junior synonym of
> > _Allosaurus?
> > > amplexus_. Could "Saurophaganx" be a misspelling?
> > "Saurophagus" is a preoccupied name. I think it's synonymous with
> > _Allosaurus amplexus_. _Saurophaganax maximus_ is I think a different
> > creature, a large allosaurid that may also belong to _Allosaurus_. It's
> > based on a dorsal neural arch.
> _Saurophaganax maximus_ is based on different holotype material than
> _Saurophagus maximus_, but they might well be the same taxon. Chure's
> description of it indicated some differences from classic _Allosaurus_
> Both the _Saurophagus_ and _Saurophaganax_ material come from the Morrison
> of Oklahoma.
> Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
> Vertebrate Paleontologist
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