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RE: ... Maniraptoran Tyrannosaurs
Nicjolas Gardner (firstname.lastname@example.org) wrote:
<Microvenator is a possible member of the Elmisauridae which is what I seem to
pick up from other
dinosaur sites. Caenagnathus is not a valid taxa whereas Elmisaurus is
therefore the clade should
be renamed to fit valid internal members.>
1) This is not how the ICZN sees this, as the body that governs such things.
The first published
"family" name that includes any included taxon, even if that taxon has been
made a junior synonym
of another taxon, is still valid. Hence, Caenagnathidae Sternberg, 1940 has
Elmisauridae Osmólska, 1981.
2) There is no real analysis that I am aware of that has ever published the
*Microvenator* is a member of the Caenagnathidae (= Elmisauridae) except for
Greg Paul's (1988)
conservative phylogeny. Further analyses suggest that *Microvenator* lacks the
diagnose the Caenagnathoidea (= Oviraptoroidea in your usage), and while an
perhaps a basal one.
Jaime A. Headden
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