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No, Paul Upchurch has not published anything new on basal sauropod
phylogeny (I suppose his newest thing was the nemegtosaurid paper in
Toby White asked...
> Where does Camelotia stand? Prosauropod? Antisauropod?
Mickey M wrote...
> A new paper by Galton from last year in Paleontographica (I didn't
> get the first part of it, so I don't know the title) redescribes
> Camelotia. It is a melanorosaurid because of a prominent sheet-like
> lesser trochantor and a femur that is lateromedially wider than
> anteroposteriorly deep at midshaft.
While the morphology of the anterior (=lesser) trochanter in
_Camelotia_ does suggest a prosauropod identity, it also has a reduced
fourth trochanter - a sauropod character. Also, whereas the distal
femur in prosauropods is bowed caudally when the femur is viewed
laterally or medially (as I suppose is primitive for dinosaurs), in
_Camelotia_ this area is straight. Again, this is a sauropod character
state. These reasons led Paul to suggest that _Camelotia_ may be the
most basal sauropod, rather than a melanorosaurid.
One tangential comment - I was interested to read a post of Matt
Bonnan's a while back where he was saying that sauropod fans should
read Upchurch's stuff because it provides an interesting phylogeny that
is often contrary to the Wilson and Sereno phylogeny. I find this
interesting because it is an Americocentric view: American students
become more familiar with the Wilson and Sereno stuff, and then go
and see the Upchurch stuff, then finding it an interesting contrast. The
cultural slant to this is that here in the UK I find that things are the
reverse: we are used to the Upchurch phylogeny, and it is the Wilson
and Sereno one that stands as the contrast.
(I was going to say "We drink in the Upchurch phylogeny with our
mother's milk" but thought better of it.)
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(who, like Chatterjee, took to quoting Hindu scripture)
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