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RE: What're Rebbachisaurids? (was - New Nemegtosaurus paper)

I must admit to being puzzled by the phenomena alluded to by these posts.
The probability of remains becoming fossilised is very small, so the chances
of preservation of different parts of an animal that have been removed a few
km apart must be tiny.

John Hunt

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From: owner-dinosaur@usc.edu [mailto:owner-dinosaur@usc.edu] On Behalf Of
Jaime A. Headden
Sent: 26 August 2005 19:08
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Subject: RE: What're Rebbachisaurids? (was - New Nemegtosaurus paper)

Tim Williams (twilliams_alpha@hotmail.com) wrote:

<Given that _Opisthocoelicaudia_ (once considered a camarasaurid) and
_Nemegtosaurus_ (once considered a diplodocoid) have both been moved into
Titanosauria, based on very convincing evidence; and that the skull of
_Nemegtosaurus_ and the postcervical skeleton of _Opisthocoelicaudia_ were
found a few kilometers apart at the same stratigraphic level... this narrows
the odds that the two may be the same.  However, Wilson's point (and he is
absolutely correct) is that proof is needed - such as a specimen that
both cranial and postcranial material.  I'm sure Dr Currie feels the same
While it is tempting to synonymize the two, we cannot discount the
that more than one titanosaur existed at this locality.>

  And to be honest, they were found at separate localities within the Nemegt
Valley, both corresponding to the same layer (Altan Ula [Or Uul] IV and
Uul [or the classical Nemegtu locality] respectively above). That both were
included in one analysis (Currie-Rogers and Forster, 2001) and did not find
themselves as sister groups, prompting the use of Opisthocoelicaudinae as a
group of Saltasauridae implies one phylogenetic answer; but the presence of
several sympatric species of highly similar sauropod from the Morrison
indicates it _could_ happen elsewhere, and the caution of waiting for a
specimen with head and body (would be nice if a neck, virtually nonexistent
*Opisthocoelicaudia*, were also found).


Jaime A. Headden

"Innocent, unbiased observation is a myth." --- P.B. Medawar (1969)

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