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Re: Dinosaur Genera List corrections #154

Dinogeorge@aol.com writes:

Not quite. This might have worked if Archaeoraptor had been attached to any
old dromaeosaurid tail, but it wasn't. You see, since they share the same
type specimen,

But do Microraptor and Archaeoraptor share the _same_ type specimen? One is named from the counterslab of the other. Same individual, for sure. But technically one could say that they have separate type specimens.

Archaeoraptor is a senior objective synonym
of Microraptor and is as well defined as Microraptor is.

But if the slab bearing the tail vertebrae is the type specimen for Microraptor, and (as someone else on this list said) if these tail vertebrae are undiagnostic, then the name Microraptor becomes a nomen dubium and, as such, should be restricted to the tail vertebrae. The Microraptor type specimen has a tail preserved on its slab. It isn't missing a tail, unlike your example of the forelimbs being found separate from the rest of the skeleton.


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