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Re: A New State Dinosaur?



SAUROPHAGANAX =  lizard (sauro) eating (phago) king (anax)

Joao SL
Rio
----- Original Message -----
From: Thomas R. Holtz, Jr. <tholtz@geol.umd.edu>
To: <tmk@dinosauricon.com>; <KiernanCR@aol.com>
Cc: <dinosaur@usc.edu>
Sent: Tuesday, May 16, 2000 8:41 PM
Subject: RE: A New State Dinosaur?


>
>
> > From: owner-dinosaur@usc.edu [mailto:owner-dinosaur@usc.edu]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
brief
> description of it indicated some differences from classic _Allosaurus_
> material.
>
> Both the _Saurophagus_ and _Saurophaganax_ material come from the Morrison
> of Oklahoma.
>
> Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
> Vertebrate Paleontologist
> Department of Geology Director, Earth, Life & Time Program
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