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Re: Paul on Citipati

  Is the Paul book out?  How come every seems to have it but me?  Perhaps there 
is a digital version?


On Aug 3, 2010, at 4:02 AM, Jaime Headden wrote:

>   Greg Paul has recently published a beautiful new Field Guild-style book 
> through Princeton's press, titled (amazingly) _The Princeton Field Guide to 
> Dinosaurs_. It's large, cheap, has been mentioned before on this list, and 
> boasts lots and lots of beautiful art.
>   Unfortunately, I nor a few others cannot sing it full of praises. Paul has 
> lumped a number of taxa in the book, and the list is here at Mickey's blog: 
> http://theropoddatabase.blogspot.com/2010/08/gsps-new-taxon-combinations-from-his.html
>   It seems anachronistic after a publication in which Paul split off several 
> iguanodont-grade ornithopods [1], especially since the justifications for 
> some of these are based on apparent "regional" or size-based variation, when 
> in fact he ignores various systematic works to achieve the synonymy (e.g., 
> *Lourinhanosaurus antunesi* as *Allosaurus antunesi*). In a more personal 
> case, virtually all oviraptorids were lumped together (with the exception of 
> [at the time unpublished] *Banji long* and *Oviraptor philoceratops*) ... 
> into *Citipati*. I describe my take in more detail here: 
> http://qilong.wordpress.com/2010/08/03/what-is-citipati-gracilis/
> [1] Paul, G. S. 2008. A revised taxonomy of the iguanodont dinosaur genera 
> and species. _Cretaceous Research_ 29(2):192-216.
> Cheers,
>  Jaime A. Headden
>  The Bite Stuff (site v2)
>  http://qilong.wordpress.com/
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