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RE: Various other papers of interest in the latest Palaeontology
Mickey Mortimer wrote:
> Sankey (2002) purported to show that Paronychodon is a morphotype of
> Richardoestesia? isosceles, based on morphology and relative abundance. The
> details of this study have yet to be published, though it does make sense
> stratigraphically, as both taxa first appear in Late Jurassic Europe and
> spread to
> North America in the Albian, with Late Cretaceous examples known from the
> Western North America, Central Asia and Europe. It's also logical
> as Richardoestesia? isosceles would be expected to have some unserrated and
> possibly constricted teeth if it were microraptorian. It should be noted
> Paronychodon has priority over Richardoestesia, and lacustris and caperatus
> both have priority over isosceles. Also, Euronychodon has priority over
> Asiamericana, and portuculensis has priority over both asiatica and
> asiaticus. So if this synonymy is proven, none of the names associated with
> toothed Richardoestesia will survive synonymization.
> Sankey, 2002. Theropod dinosaur diversity in the latest Cretaceous
> (Maastrichtian) of North America. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology. 22(3),
Thanks Mickey. So two follow-up questions...
(1) None of these nomenclatural acrobatics qualify yet as a formal
(2) The above paragraph implies that the _Tripriodon caperatus_ holotype is a
dinosaur (theropod) tooth after all, rather than from a mammal - correct?
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