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RE: Huaxiaosaurus, new giant hadrosaur from China (the name)



If the true irony is that the same specimen is being referred to two different 
taxa by the same person, then we have ourselves a winner for Most Premature 
April Fools' Joke for 2012.

Cheers,

  Jaime A. Headden
  The Bite Stuff (site v2)
  http://qilong.wordpress.com/

"Innocent, unbiased observation is a myth." --- P.B. Medawar (1969)


"Ever since man first left his cave and met a stranger with a
different language and a new way of looking at things, the human race
has had a dream: to kill him, so we don't have to learn his language or
his new way of looking at things." --- Zapp Brannigan (Beast With a Billion 
Backs)


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> Date: Wed, 23 Nov 2011 19:43:55 -0800
> From: jayp.nair@yahoo.com
> To: dinosaur@usc.edu
> Subject: Re: Huaxiaosaurus, new giant hadrosaur from China (the name)
>
> How can one improve on a well-written abstract? Simply repeat it but add a 
> couple of extra words and change the dimensions:
>
> Zhuchengosaurus abstract (2007):
> "Zhuchengosaurus
> maximus Zhao, gen. et sp. nov. was a mild herbivorous dinosaur, which
> lived in Zhucheng, Shandong Province in Late Mesozoic 100 Ma ago. The
> specimen is a skeleton assembled by parts collected from several
> individuals of the same species. With a height of 9.1 m and a length of
> 16.6 m, it was the tallest individual among the ornithopods. It had
> small forelimbs and tough hindlimbs and its sacra were formed by 6
> cones. It is another new finding after the discovery of the giant
> Shandungosaurus."
>
> Huaxiaosaurus abstract (2011):
> "Huaxiaosaurus
> aigahtens Zhao, gen. & sp. nov. was a mild herbivorous dinosaur
> that lived in Zhucheng of Shandong Province in Late Mesozoic 100 Ma ago.
> The specimen of Huaxiaosaurus aigahtens 11.3m in height and 18.7m in
> length is a skeleton assembled by many parts collected from several
> individuals of the same species. It was the tallest individual among the
> ornithopods. It had short forelimbs and tough hind legs, and it is
> another new finding after the discovery of the giant Shandongosaurus and
> Zhuchengosaurus."
>
> And by the way, the schematic figure of Huaxiaosaurus
> (Fig. 2 in the 2011 paper) appears drawn from the mounted skeleton of
> Zhuchengosaurus (Fig. 2 photograph in the 2007 paper). Make up your own
> minds folks...
>
>
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Jay <jayp.nair@yahoo.com>
> To: DML <dinosaur@usc.edu>
> Cc:
> Sent: Thursday, 24 November 2011 1:25 PM
> Subject: Re: Huaxiaosaurus, new giant hadrosaur from China (the name)
>
> It would appear from the 'abstract' and systematic paleontology sections in 
> the paper (all in Chinese after the abstract) that the name of of the new 
> mild hadrosaur, Huaxiaosaurus aigahtens, is only attributable to Zhao, 2011 
> vide Zhao et al., 2011.The same occurs for the name Zhuchengosaurus maximus.
>
>
>
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Ben Creisler <bscreisler@yahoo.com>
> To: "dinos
> Sent: Wednesday, 23 November 2011 9:15 AM
> Subject: Huaxiaosaurus, new giant hadrosaur from China
>
> From: Ben Creisler
> bscreisler@yahoo.com
>
> A new genus and species of hadrosaur from China, claimed to be distinct from 
> Shandongosaurus and Zhuchengosaurus.
>
> Huaxiaosaurus aigahtens.
> ZHAO Xijin,  WANG Kebai &  LI Dunjing (2011)
> Geological Bulletin of China 30(11):1671-1688
> http://www.gbc.ac.cn/ch/reader/view_abstract.aspx?file_no=20111103&flag=1
>
> Abstract:
> Huaxiaosaurus aigahtens Zhao, gen. & sp. nov. was a mild herbivorous dinosaur 
> that lived in Zhucheng of Shandong Province in Late Mesozoic 100 Ma ago. The 
> specimen of Huaxiaosaurus aigahtens 11.3m in height and 18.7m in length is a 
> skeleton assembled by many parts collected from several individuals of the 
> same species. It was the tallest individual among the ornithopods. It had 
> short forelimbs and tough hind legs, and it is another new finding after the 
> discovery of the giant Shandongosaurus and Zhuchengosaurus.
>
> Keywords: Huaxiaosaurus aigahtens  Wangshi Formation  Late Cretaceous  
> Shandong
>
> News article in Chinese:
> http://www.lnkp.gov.cn/huashi/i2/200912/11468.html