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

Jaime, the abstract is vague, which confuses matters- 

reference to Syntarsus is actually to 'Syntarsus' kayentakatae within the 
paper, so that is fine. 

When it comes to Megapnosaurus rhodesiensis, it is considered a species of 
Coelophysis, as this seems to be what their phylogeny shows as well. This taxon 
is referred to as C. rhodesiensis throughout the paper, which is fine as either 
the terms 'C. rhodesiensis' or 'M. rhodesiensis' are fine in light of present 
systematic understanding.

----- Original Message -----
From: Jaime Headden <jaimeheadden@gmail.com>
To: bcreisler@gmail.com
Cc: "dinosaur@usc.edu" <dinosaur@usc.edu>
Sent: Thursday, 16 October 2014, 13:19
Subject: 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,
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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