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Re: Bellubrunnus, new Jurassic pterosaur from Germany
On Thu, Jul 5, 2012 at 7:38 PM, Jaime Headden <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> This is a great paper. The authors have really done a fantastic job setting
> out all the possible issues with identifying this juvenile specimen as a new
> taxon. While I remain adamantly opposed to the practice of making new
> taxonomic nomenclature for juvenile taxa, given the often impossible task of
> proving diagnostic comparative adult features, this paper has taken pains to
> assure readers that several characteristics can only become exaggerated with
> age, implying the adult would be MORE diagnostic than the juvenile. Despite
> lacking any autapomorphic features, there is a diagnostic autapomorphic suite
> of characters, and this is pretty nice.
> "Bellubrunna" -- should be "Bellibrunna," as "bellum" (pretty, beautiful)
> combines as "belli-", not "bellu-".
I'm guessing they were going off of Bellusaurus?
Fantastic specimen. Really glad they published in PLoS ONE, where, not
only can I see it, but I can see it in high resolution.
T. Michael Keesey