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Remember the Alamosaurus (was RE: taxonomy is not stratigraphy)
Denver Fowler wrote:
Material assigned to the dustbin taxon 'Alamosaurus' may or may not
represent a single genus or species.
Exactly so. _Alamosaurus_ has become the _Titanosaurus_ of North America.
Every titanosaur bone from the Late Cretaceous of the SW United States has
been referred to this genus, even though it appears that the sum total of
_Alamosaurus_ material is incompatible with one species. This has been
brought up in some recent papers. Let's hope the type material for
_Alamosaurus sanjuanensis_ is diagnostic...
In fact, 'Alamosaurus' is probably a very bad choice for a biomarker since
the holotype material bears no synapomorphies.
Oh dear. Looks like I spoke too soon. Nevetheless, the _Alamosaurus_
holotype material may show a unique combination of characters, even if
autapomorphies are not present. But you're right: it's a terrible choice
for biomarker. The jury's still out whether it's a valid taxon.