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Plateosaurus neotype designated
Galton just designated a neotype for Plateosaurus engelhardti.
Galton, Peter (2012) Plateosaurus engelhardti Meyer, 1837 (Dinosauria,
Sauropodomorpha): proposed replacement of unidentifiable namebearing
type by a neotype. Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature 69(3) September 2012, p.
Abstract. The purpose of this application, under Article 75.5 of the Code, is
to conserve the usage of the name Plateosaurus Meyer, 1837 (Upper Triassic,
Germany), known from numerous articulated skeletons, several with complete
skulls, from the Norian Plateosaurus bonebeds of Western Europe and Greenland.
This was the first non-English, non-avian dinosaur and the second
sauropodomorph and Triassic dinosaur to be named. It is proposed to replace the
fragmentary and non-diagnostic bones that constitute the type material of
Plateosaurus engelhardti Meyer, 1837, the
type species of Plateosaurus Meyer, 1837, with a diagnostic neotype, an almost
complete skull and skeleton (SMNS 13200). This specimen has formed the basis
for the concept of P. engelhardti (the best represented basal sauropodomorph)
and ultimately of Plateosaurus Meyer, 1837. Plateosaurus is the basis for
PLATEOSAURIDAE Marsh, 1895 and Plateosauria Tornier, 1913.