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RE: Juratyrant, new Jurassic tyrannosauroid from Britain
Correct me if I am wrong, but the nominative, in the masculine, is _tyrannus_
... how does "tyrant" fall from the root?
Jaime A. Headden
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> Date: Fri, 17 Feb 2012 08:47:48 -0800
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> Subject: Juratyrant, new Jurassic tyrannosauroid from Britain
> From: Ben Creisler
> A new online paper:
> Stephen L. Brusatte and Roger B.J. Benson (2012)
> The systematics of Late Jurassic tyrannosauroids (Dinosauria:
> Theropoda) from Europe and North America.
> Acta Palaeontologica Polonica (in press)
> Recent discoveries of more than ten new species of tyrannosauroid
> theropods are helping to understand the origin and evolution of
> colossal body size and other characteristic features of Tyrannosaurus
> rex and its terminal Cretaceous relatives. Particularly important has
> been the discovery and reinterpretation of Late Jurassic
> tyrannosauroids from Europe and North America, which are intermediate
> in size and phylogenetic position between small basal tyrannosauroids
> and the largest Late Cretaceous species. The fragmentary nature of
> these Jurassic specimens, however, has frustrated attempts to
> understand their systematics and phylogeny. A new specimen from the
> Late Jurassic of England was recently named as a new species (S.
> langhami) of the genus Stokesosaurus, which is known from several
> fragmentary fossils from North America. We review the systematics and
> phylogeny of these European and North American specimens and show that
> there are no unequivocal synapomorphies uniting them. Furthermore, a
> revised phylogenetic analysis does not recover them as sister taxa.
> This necessitates a taxonomic revision of this material, and we name a
> new genus (Juratyrant) for the British specimen.