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Re: CRETACEOUS STEGOSAURS
Simon Clabby (firstname.lastname@example.org) wrote:
<It's not the validity of the classification at naming that the name that
comes first relies on, but the earliest useage of the name for the
material. A good point of reference would be Regnosaurus' fellow
Wealden-inhabitant, Ornithodesmus, which was originally described as a
pterosaur, but has since been identified as a theropod. If other theropod
material in the Wealden named and described after Ornithodesmus could be
classified as being a synonym of Ornithodesmus, it would be renamed as
Correct me if I am wrong, but Seeley originally described *Ornithodesmus
cluniculus* as a bird; it was the discovery of pterosaur bones and the
now-named *Istiodactylus latidens* (formerly *O. latidens*) that prompted
referral to the pterosaurs. Roughly translated, it means "related [or
linked] to birds." Current thought would have it as a troodontid, or
dromaeosaurid, or some generic maniraptoran.
Jaime A. Headden
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