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Gigantspinosaurus: a legit name (was RE: Almost New Papers)
> From: owner-DINOSAUR@usc.edu [mailto:owner-DINOSAUR@usc.edu]On Behalf Of
> Tim Williams
> Is there any indication that "Gigantspinosaurus" has been officially named?
> Or is it one of those naughty nomina nuda?
> I actually hope that it hasn't been officially named yet. That'll give the
> researchers time to think up a better name than "Gigantspinosaurus" (or at
> least improve the grammar).
Sadly, it is legit and so we don't get to improve the name. Susannah Maidment
(Cambridge) presented a stegosaur paper at SVP last
year with this critter in it. Afterwards I asked about its status, and as far
as she can tell Ouyang 1992 represents a valid work
for the purposes of taxonomic nomenclature. The reference is:
OUYANG, H. 1992. [Discovery of Gigantspinosaurus sichanensis and its scapular
spine orientation.] Abstracts and Summaries for Youth
Academic Symposium on New Discoveries and Ideas in Stratigraphic Paleontology,
47?9 (in Chinese).
Maidment and Wei discuss the beastie briefly in:
Maidment, S.C.R. & G. Wei. 2006. A review of the Late Jurassic stegosaurs
(Dinosauria, Stegosauria) from the People?s Republic of
China. Geol. Mag. 143:621?634.
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