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Re: Magnapaulia, "new" lambeosaurine from Baja California, Mexico

Why should we quit using binomials? It's like saying the United States needs to 
stop being a free market economy and adopt communism. I do think that, on the 
whole, most genera of dinosaurs will be monotypic anyways, due to the 
incomplete fossil record.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Scott Hartman" <skeletaldrawing@gmail.com>
To: "Dino List" <dinosaur@usc.edu>
Sent: Wednesday, June 13, 2012 10:12:10 AM
Subject: Re: Magnapaulia, "new" lambeosaurine from Baja California, Mexico

Although I was long an advocate of the train of thought that "dinosaur
genera should have more species so they match the aesthetic of modern
vertebrates" I've personally come around to the practical argument
that since we are unlikely to shake the use of binomials any time
soon, we would be better served to make all dinosaur genera monotypic,
so that morphological variation isn't hidden by genus-level OTUs in
our analyses.

It's arbitrary either way, so it may as well be arbitrary in the most
useful way.



On Wed, Jun 13, 2012 at 8:04 AM, Heinrich Mallison
<heinrich.mallison@googlemail.com> wrote:
> a matter of practicability, though. Equivalent to "antelope".
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> On Wed, Jun 13, 2012 at 3:01 PM, Matthew Martyniuk <martyniuk@gmail.com> 
> wrote:
>> On Wed, Jun 13, 2012 at 1:06 AM,  <tyazbeck@comcast.net> wrote:
>>> I understand where you are coming from, but I think that the 
>>> disproportionate number of dinosaur genera is deceptive, that's all.
>> I'd argue the opposite--having genera with many included species is
>> deceptive for the average person. How many average science enthusiasts
>> know that "Psittacosaurus" is a category of animals containing dozens
>> of unique and distinct species? Including this diversity in the single
>> label "Psittacosaurus" effectively hides that diversity from everyone
>> but specialists.
>> Matt

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