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Re: Nyasasaurus Update
In a message dated 8/21/01 2:26:57 PM EST, firstname.lastname@example.org writes:
<< And what about "Gyposaurus" sinensis?
What is the current phylogenetic interpretation of this taxon?
I've seen rumor that it's the same as Massospondylus. >>
It's currently Anchisaurus sinensis, since Gyposaurus was synonymized with
Massospondylus by Cooper in his African prosauropod implosion paper
Cooper, M. R., 1981. "The Prosauropod Dinosaur Massospondylus carinatus Owen
from Zimbabwe: Its Biology, Mode of Life and Phylogenetic Significance,"
Occasional Papers of the National Museums and Monuments, Rhodesia 6(10):
Ultimately Anchisaurus sinensis may be synonymized as a juvenile of some
other Chinese prosauropod or may be made the type species of a new genus. I
don't think there's much evidence that Anchisaurus occurred in both China and
North America during the Early Jurassic.