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Re: remains of spinosauridae
Mickey Mortimer (Mickey_Mortimer111@msn.com) wrote:
<Yeah, but S. maroccanus is considered a junior synonym of S. aegyptiacus
Isn't it funny how when someone publishes a statement saying that two
taxa are similar, and it's so convincingly done (such as Sereno et al.'s
single sentence in 1998, the description of *Suchomimus*), "he" becomes
"everyone?" Not everyone holds this view of synonymy, such as Dale
Russell, and despite the attempt, *S. maroccanus* does have distinct
cervical morphology, however age-related it might be. Based on the lost
type of *S. aegyptiacus,* the quality of comparison is robust; it is my
observation that the opinion of Sereno et al. is based on the limited type
(a single vertebra) to which only other regionally found vertebrae were
found. This does not reduce the quality of the diagnosis. Perhaps *S.
maroccanus* can be a nomen dubium, but frankly, the centrum proportions
versus the shorter neural spine to size distinguishes the two species.
Jaime A. Headden
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