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Re: The Curious New Papers of Benjamin Button
Jerry Harris wrote:
> You, H.-L., Li, D.-Q., Zhou, L.-Q., and Ji, Q. 2008.
> Daxiatitan binglingi: a
> giant sauropod dinosaur from the Early Cretaceous of China.
> Gansu Geology 17(4):1-10.
This sauropod seems to have undergone an 11th hour name change. The phylogeny
(Fig. 3) contained in the paper calls it "Gansutitan", and the description of
the genus gives the type species of _Daxiatitan_ as "G. binglingi". These are
obvious typos, and it's clear that the correct name for the genus is
_Daxiatitan_, not Gansutitan.
The authors estimate a body length of around 30m for the live animal; but this
is based on _Mamenchisaurus_ proportions, so it may be an overestimate.