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Re: Philovenator, new troodontid from Late Cretaceous of Inner Mongolia, China



I'm sorry, but giving a dinosaur a binomial in which the genus AND species 
names are named after the *same* person is in bad taste...

From: "Ben Creisler" <bcreisler@gmail.com> 
To: dinosaur@usc.edu 
Sent: Monday, April 23, 2012 12:48:56 PM 
Subject: Philovenator, new troodontid from Late Cretaceous of Inner Mongolia, 
China 

From: Ben Creisler 
bcreisler@gmail.com 


A new taxon Philovenator (named in part for Phil Currie) in the new 
issue of Vertebrata PalAsiatica: 

XU Xing, ZHAO Qi, Corwin Sullivan, TAN Qing-wei, Martin SANDER & MA 
Qing-yu (2012) 
THE TAXONOMY OF THE TROODONTID IVPP V 10597 RECONSIDERED. 
Vertebrata PalAsiatica 50(2):140-150 
http://www.ivpp.cas.cn/cbw/gjzdwxb/xbwzxz/201204/P020120423369968204026.pdf 


The partial troodontid hindlimb IVPP V 10597 was originally described 
as a juvenile Sauronithoides mongoliensis. The present study 
reconsiders the taxonomic placement of this interesting specimen, 
given the significant advances in understanding of the Troodontidae 
that have taken place since it was first described. Morphological 
comparison and numerical phylogenetic analyses indicate that V 10597 
is more closely related to the sympatric Linhevenator tani than to 
Sauronithoides mongoliensis, raising the possibility that V 10597 
might be juvenile L. tani. However, V 10597 differs significantly from 
other troodontids, including L. tani, in numerous hindlimb features 
and particularly in the proportions of various hindlimb elements. 
These differences are likely to be taxonomic, and suggest that V 10597 
represents a new troodontid. Furthermore, histological analysis 
indicates that V 10597 is unlikely to be juvenile of L. tani or any 
other large troodontid. Based on the available morphological and 
histological information, we propose the erection of a new taxon, 
Philovenator curriei gen. et sp. nov., based on V 10597. This new find 
increases the known taxonomic diversity and morphological disparity of 
Late Cretaceous troodontids.