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Re: Albertaceratops (simpson's bi-annual b*tch about dino naming)

I have to agree, but what really adds insult to injury was that this particular creature was originally going to be named "Medusaceratops", which I think is a far better name than the pathetic Albertaceratops.

Andrew Simpson wrote:
What an amazing find and Fantastic creature. And I'll
just say it once and leave it alone... HATE the name.

I should accept that people are going to name
dinosaurs after Countries, States, Provinces and
Rivers but I don't ever have to like it.

And since we've had this discussion before I'll just
state why for any newbies, I think dinosaurs should be
named after a prominant feature of anatomy or supposed
behavior and not a man made boundry 64 plus million
years removed.

The second part of the name can and should be whatever
the heck you want.

And yes, I know the only way I'll get my way is to go
dig em all up myself. Which I'm willing to do but with
my bum knee..... ; )

Andrew Simpson

ps. Of course I really don't like dinosaur being named
after people espessially your kids. Was looking
through a dino book just the other day and it had a picture and a story about a kid who the parents named
a dinosaur after. The person became more important
that the actual creature itself. And to me that's just
plain wrong.

And thus the end of the rant.

--- "bh480@scn.org" <bh480@scn.org> wrote:

From: Ben Creisler bh480@scn.org

In case these items have not been mentioned yet:

MICHAEL J. RYAN Journal of Paleontology 81(2): 376–396 (2007)

Abstract: A new centrosaurine ceratopsid,
Albertaceratops nesmoi, is
described from the lower Oldman Formation (Upper
Cretaceous) of southern
Alberta, and is based on a single, almost complete
skull. Referred material
is described from equivalent beds in the Judith
River Formation of
north-central Montana. A limited phylogenetic
analysis of the Ceratopsidae
places the new taxon as the basal member of the
Centrosaurinae and
indicates that robust, elongate postorbital
horncores that form a
synapomorphy of (Ceratopsidae + Zuniceratops) are
also present in

MARTA FERNÁNDEZ Journal of Paleontology. 81(2): 368–375 (2007)
Abstract: The ophthalmosaurid Caypullisaurus from
the Late Jurassic–Early
Cretaceous of the Neuquén Basin, Argentina, is
redescribed based on new
information from recent discoveries. Cladistic
analysis of Caypullisaurus,
based on previous ichthyopterygian data sets and
using NONA, yielded two
most parsimonious trees. Two clades are recognized
within the
Ophthalmosauridae. Caypullisaurus is found to be
nested with
Brachypterygius and Platypterygius. Simultaneous,
unconstrained analysis,
using unambiguous character optimization, is
suggested as the best way to
analyze data sets with large amounts of missing

Journal of Paleontology  81(2) 368–375 (2007)

Redescription of Aigialosaurus dalmaticus
Kramberger, 1892, a Cenomanian
mosasauroid lizard from Hvar Island, Croatia

Alex R. Dutchak and Michael W. Caldwell Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences i43(12):
1821-1834 (2006)

Abstract: Redescription of the type and only
specimen of Aigialosaurus
dalmaticus (BSP 1902II501), an "aigialosaurian"
squamate from the
Cenomanian–Turonian of Hvar, Croatia, and, at the
time of collection, the
Italian island of Lesina, indicates that previous
reviews of the specimen
include erroneous anatomical interpretations. The
type specimen presents a
new and unique pelvic anatomy: the ilium of A.
dalmaticus is an elongate
element with well-developed anterior and posterior
iliac processes. A
scenario is presented for mosasaurid pelvic
evolution, whereby the
anteriorly elongate and dorsally directed ilium of
mosasauroids is not
derived from the forward rotation of the posterior
iliac process, but
rather the reduction of that process and the
elaboration of the anterior
iliac process. Recent phylogenetic analysis of
Mosasauroidea finds A.
dalmaticus to be the sistergroup to Opetiosaurus
bucchichi and all other
mosasaurids and "aigialosaurs." We examine the
character state assignments
for A. dalmaticus in that study and refute those
assignments owing to the
absence of preservation of all four characters
states found to separate A.
dalmaticus from O. bucchichi.

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