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Dinosaur Genera List corrections #155

A couple of weeks ago I added name #898 to the Dinosaur Genera List:

Jeholosaurus Xu, Wang & You, 2000

Tracy Ford sent the citation:

Xu, X., Wang X. and You H., "A primitive ornithopod from the Early Cretaceous 
Yixian Formation of Liaoning," Vertebrata PalAsiatica 38(4): 318-325.

It comes from Lujiatun (new locality to me), Shangyuan, Beipiao City, 
Liaoning Province, China.

Type species is Jeholosaurus shangyuanensis, based on a nearly complete 
skull, dorsally flattened; a referred skull that is laterally compressed; and 
a few skeletal elements. For now it is Ornithischia incertae sedis, and the 
describers say a longer paper is forth coming.

Today (1/24/01) I added name #899, almost certainly the first dinosaur to be 
described in the new millennium:

Masiakasaurus Sampson, Carrano & Forster, 2001

It's in the 1/25/01 issue of Nature (cover-featured) and it has made 
headlines everywhere because the species epithet honors Dire Straits rock 
musician Mark Knopfler. An abstract of the paper is freely available at the 
Nature website


The dinosaur is described as a kind of small abelisaurian theropod with 
procumbent anterior dentition, from Madagascar.

Also added to the Dinosaur Genera List today is more information about the 
listed non-dinosaurian genera, which are flagged with asterisks. These are 
genera that at one time or another (usually when originally described) were 
considered to be non-avian dinosaurs. In addition to flagging their names, 
the List now tells how each non-dinosaurian genus is currently classified. If 
anybody has more detailed information about these genera than appears in the 
chart, please e-mail me and I'll update their listings.

The Dinosaur Genera List appears one click away from my home page:


or directly at


Added to the list of dinosaurs of China, Mongolia, and eastern Asia in the 
next printing of Mesozoic Meanderings #3:

Jeholosaurus Xu, Wang & You, 2000
    J. shangyuanensis Xu, Wang & You, 2000â

Added to the list of dinosaurs from Africa and Madagascar:

Masiakasaurus Sampson, Carrano & Forster, 2001
    M. knopfleri Sampson, Carrano & Forster, 2001â

(In case the dagger at the end of each species name doesn't transmit 
correctly, both species are type species of their genera. I denote type 
species with daggers in the MM #3 tables. My e-mail text is transmitted with 
italic and boldface typography in place, but it rarely survives the 
transmission with this typography.)