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Re: Panguraptor, new coelophysoid theropod from Early Jurassic of China

Paper seems to be making a point of ignoring Megapnosaurus. I strongly
dislike this tactic, whatever the taste.

On Wed, Oct 15, 2014 at 7:30 PM, Ben Creisler <bcreisler@gmail.com> wrote:
> Ben Creisler
> bcreisler@gmail.com
> A new paper:
> Hai-Lu You, Yoichi Azuma, Tao Wang, Ya-Ming Wang & Zhi-Ming Dong
> The first well-preserved coelophysoid theropod dinosaur from Asia.
> Zootaxa 3873 (3): 233–249
> http://dx.doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.3873.3.3
> preview:
> http://www.mapress.com/zootaxa/2014/f/z03873p249f.pdf
> http://zoobank.org/urn:lsid:zoobank.org:pub:4441BCDF-E4A9-4C67-AE08-5D6D418706CC
> Coelophysoid dinosaurs represent the earliest major radiation of
> neotheropods. These small-to-medium-sized agile bipeds lived
> throughout much of Pangaea during the Late Triassic–Early Jurassic.
> Previously reported coelophysoid material from Asia (excluding the
> Gondwanan territory of India) is limited to two specimens that
> comprise only limb fragments. This paper describes a new genus and
> species of coelophysoid, Panguraptor lufengensis, from the Lower
> Jurassic Lufeng Formation of Yunnan Province, China. The new taxon is
> represented by a well-preserved skeleton, including the skull and
> lower jaw, the presacral vertebral column and partial ribs, the right
> scapula, a partial forelimb, part of the pelvic girdle, and an almost
> complete hind limb. It is distinguished from other coelophysoid
> theropods by the unique combination of the following three character
> states: 1) diagonal (rostrodorsal-caudoventral) ridge on lateral
> surface of maxilla, within antorbital fossa, 2) elliptical, laterally
> facing fenestra caudodorsal to aforementioned diagonal ridge, and 3)
> hooked craniomedial corner of distal tarsal IV. Cladistic analysis
> recovers Panguraptor lufengensis deeply nested within Coelophysoidea
> as a member of Coelophysidae, and it is more closely related to
> Coelophysis than to “Syntarsus”. Panguraptor represents the first
> well-preserved coelophysoid theropod dinosaur from Asia, and provides
> fresh evidence supporting the hypothesis that terrestrial tetrapods
> tended to be distributed pan-continentally during the Early Jurassic.

Jaime A. Headden
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