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Re: Long-necked stegosaur, head tail mimicry?
Nick Pharris writes:
> > > Speaking of long sauropod necks... there's a new paper in the
> > > pipeline on _Euhelopus_. Although Wilson & Upchurch break up
> > > the clade of long-necked Chinese sauropods ("Euhelopodidae",
> > > containing _Euhelopus_, _Mamenchisaurus_, and _Omeisaurus_),
> > > they baulk at erecting (or defining) a new Euhelopodidae,
> > > which would include _Euhelopus_ and _Erketu_.
> > I should think so! It would be disastrous to resurrect that name
> > to denote a completely different clade from the one that it has
> > been universally understood to mean.
> Why? Hasn't Euhelopodidae always been universally understood to
> mean something like "_Euhelopus_ and its closest relatives, up to
> the level of morphological disparity I'm willing to accept as a
> single 'family'"?
No, it's been mostly used (when at all) to mean "that group of
crazy-ass Chinese sauropods".
/o ) \/ Mike Taylor <firstname.lastname@example.org> http://www.miketaylor.org.uk
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