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In a message dated 9/27/02 12:17:36 PM Pacific Daylight Time,
<< What is the date for Megalosauridae? And I have a strong feeling that he
has just been referring "megalosaurs" to the group, but that
*Megalosaurus* will end up a nomen dubium, thus invalidating any
suprageneric taxa supported by the ICZN. Maybe he will tackle the issue of
"genera" and how real they actually are[n't] (depends on your philosophy;
me, I support Flynn et al. and Brochu in disposing of the concept of a
"genus" and just coining binomina for species). >>
Megalosauridae goes back to Megalosauri Fitzinger, 1843, also Megalosauroides
Gervais, 1852 and Megalosauridae Huxley, 1869.
If Megalosaurus is to be a nomen dubium, then the family name Megalosauridae
is also, and it should not be used as the name of a subgroup of
Spinosauroidea, either. Can't have it both ways. But I think there are enough
topotype specimens of Megalosaurus to make a diagnosable hypodigm.