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Re: Majungatholus: Apparent Cannibal



In a message dated 4/2/03 3:45:46 PM Pacific Standard Time, 
Mickey_Mortimer111@msn.com writes:

<< I'm not aware of any "Krause et al. 1998" publication, nor of the published
 suggestion of more than one Maevarano abelisaurid. >>

If they maintain that there is only one Maevarano abelisaurid, then its name 
will have to be Majungasaurus crenatissimus, unless it can be shown that the 
known M. crenatissimus material is indistinguishable from at least two 
different genera of theropods. The situation is similar to that of Allosaurus 
fragilis, whose holotype is not diagnostic but for which diagnostic topotype 
material exists. The holotype of Majungatholus atopus does seem to be a 
topotype of M. crenatissimus (they're not from different horizons, according 
to The Dinosauria), so it can be regarded as a more diagnostic specimen of 
the latter species; likewise the nice FMNH skull.