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Fwd: Re: The Holy of Holies... Dinosauria II
Reply from Mike Brett-Surman regarding Anatotitan. I agree with him having look
at the specimens before:
Kenneth Carpenter, Ph.D.
Curator of Lower Vertebrate Paleontology &
Dept. of Earth Sciences
Denver Museum of Natural History
2001 Colorado Blvd.
Denver, CO 80205
For fun: http://dino.lm.com/artists/display.php?name=Kcarpenter
>>> "Michael Brett-Surman" <Brett-Surman.Michael@NMNH.SI.EDU> 14/Oct/04 >>>
As to the sinking of Anatotitan - somebody was bound to do it someday. The
"character" of crushing is an invalid character. There are other synapomorphies
that keep it separate, such as diastema longer than dentary tooth row length,
quadrate/mandible length ratio, etc.. After about ten to fifteen years, a
splitter will resurrect it again. The synonymy of Anatotitan will become the
"Brontosaurus" of the 21st Century.