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Re: Fruitaxxxx (was Re: I have searched on the web, can't find a "Predator X" paper...)

As H. Farnworth said - or, to be exact, almost said - once, I'd say: "That's good news everyone !"

I'm eager to see the beast published at last.

Jocelyn :-)

Le 08/10/2011 15:35, Thomas R. Holtz, Jr. a écrit :
On Sat, October 8, 2011 4:45 am, Jocelyn Falconnet wrote:
Well, as far as I know, nothing has been published on it. "Predator X"
is just one of the numerous and meaningless names intended to appeal the

The publication could be a matter of days/weeks/years/decades/centuries.
There are many examples of so called 'known' taxa which have never been
formally described. One that does come to my mind is the 'Fruita form'
crocodylomorph, mentioned in literature since at least 1988 and included
in many phylogenetic analyses... A genus and species name has been
proposed (by whom ?) - informally of course.

Described by Jim Clark in his U Cal Berkeley Masters Thesis back in 1985.

The Fruita fauna is finally getting published (e.g., Fruitadens, long
called the "Morrison Echinodon", for instance; and Fruitafossor).
Hopefully Fruitaxxxxxx will see the light of day soon. [The intended name
has long been known, and a search on the web will find it.]

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