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RE: Me vs. Makovicky et al.- comparison and consensus
Glut's encyclopedia was certainly published. Not viable for new taxonomy,
but published >nonetheless.
I'm a little slow today, but is somebody actually suggesting that
"Alashansaurus" is a valid genus, and that Glut gets the attribution for the
name? (I was holding off mentioning this name until now, but that
particular horse has bolted, and the stable door is flapping in the wind...)
I'm afraid I'm having a little trouble following certain aspects of the
Anyway, if so, the above situation would have a precedent. The
circumstances are similar (though not identical) to the way in which the
prosauropod genus _Coloradisaurus_ was named back in 1983. The name
_Coloradisaurus_ (replacement for preoccupied genus _Coloradia_) first
appeared in _The Collins Guide to Dinosaurs_ (published as _The Field Guide
to Dinosaurs_ in the United States), a popular-science book. The author of
the book, freelance writer David Lambert, thus gets credit for the new
genus, even though he had no intention of naming it. This is what happened:
Before publication of the book, José Bonaparte had apparently told Lambert
that he had renamed this genus _Coloradisaurus_, and Lambert published the
name assuming that Bonaparte had already published the new name. He hadn't.
Lambert was (and maybe still is) enormously embarrassed about this.
Nevertheless, Lambert (not Bonaparte) gets credit for naming
(On a totally different subject... Jaime, I believe it is Lambert  who
gives _Walgettosuchus_ as a junior synonym of _Rapator_, without
If no one does more extensively publish Enigmosauria or another name for
oviraptorosaur clade by the time I publish my results (so within the next
~4 years maybe), and I recover it in my mpt's, I will name the clade.
There's no reason not to.
I had thought that Currie and Padian (1997) defined a stem-based
Oviraptorosauria (_Oviraptor_ <-- _Passer_), which would put therizinosaurs
inside the Oviraptorosauria alongside the 'traditional' oviraptorosaurs
(oviraptorids, caenagnathids, &c). Thus, this Oviraptorosauria is
equivalent (at least in content) to Enigmosauria. Having said that, I'm not
sure that this *expansion* of the Oviraptorosauria is such a good idea; IMHO
it is preferable to have a less inclusive Oviraptorosauria, and a new clade
name for this group + therizinosaur(oid)s.