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RE: "New articles"
Obviously, this is a ground-breaking paper! Based on what i know of it, it
changes the entire naming system. Extrapolating to other 'families' of
vertebrates, it is easy to see how ALL vertebrates are _Coelophysis_, even
one of the more recent ones, _Coelophysis sapiens_, of which we all are
This eliminates squabbling over whether a new specimen is a new genera or
not. All we need to do is distinguish species of _Coelophysis_.
Hopefully, Rob will be able to expand this paper's coverage by next year,
unless he comes down with a cold (_Coelophysis rhinovirus_??).
A. (for April 1st) Edels
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Subject: "New articles"
Here's a couple articles that have come out this fine Monday, that may be of
interest to some...
First, a paper by yours truly:
Gay, Robert. 2002. "A reassessment of the genus Coelophysis, in comparison
to several other forms." Parajournal of Paleontology, vol. 13, pp.-30-0
Basically, I find that not only is the genus "Syntarsus" congeneric with
Coelophysis, I also find that certain other late Triassic and early Jurassic
forms are synonyms. This results in some interesting new combinations. I'll
mention a couple of them.
Coelophysis wetherilli - Yep...I figured that since it looked like
Coelophysis (kinda), it should be in the same genus
Coelophysis bryansmalli - Formerly Chindesaurus bryansmalli, but we all know
that all theropods from the Chinle can be called Coelophysis, right?
Coelophysis haplocerus - Formerly Desmatosuchus haplocerus, I decided that I
wanted an armoured animal called Coelophysis
Coelophysis engelhardti - Formerly Plateosaurus engelhardti, I found that
due to the similarities in the vertebrae (they have some!!!), they should be
Coelophysis fraasi - Formerly Metoposaurus fraasi, I realized the
congenericness when looked at a flattened Coelophysis bauri skull
These are only a few of the important changed (about 150) in the paper. Take
Also on the radar:
Irmis, Randall and Farke, Andy. 2002. "Postcrania of things with sexy
skulls." Journal of Imaginotology, vol. 0, pp.1-34.
Abstract: A look at some postcrania from both phytosaurs and ceratopsians
shows what most people have known all along-they carry no taxanomic value at
all. We didn't need to collect all that heavy postcrania before, but now we
can know better. We find that there is no difference between any of the
postcranial elements of any taxa we examined...in fact, the postcrania of
one Triceratops specimen was a precise match for the postcrania of a
specimen of Pseudopalatus pristinus. With this out of the way, we can get
back to the business of drooling over sexy skulls."
A note: Pseudopalatus pristinus=Coelophysis pristinus, after my paper.
Hope you all enjoy the papers ;)
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"A _Coelophysis_ with feathers?"