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Re: Dakotaraptor, new giant dromaeosaurid from Hell Creek Formation of South Dakota (free pdf)
I might get banned for bringing this up.
Does the holotype meet ICZN rules? It is not mentioned in the paper, but the
specimen is on "extended loan" to Palm Beach Museum (which does not appear to
actually have a collections facility).
Is the holotpye therefore, commercially available?
Correct if I am wrong, anyone who knows.
Fowler Paleontology & Geology Consulting
From: Ben Creisler <email@example.com>
Sent: Friday, 30 October 2015, 12:32
Subject: Dakotaraptor, new giant dromaeosaurid from Hell Creek Formation of
South Dakota (free pdf)
A new paper in open access:
Robert A. DePalma, David A. Burnham, Larry D. Martin†,Peter L. Larson
and Robert T. Bakker (2015)
The first giant raptor (Theropoda: Dromaeosauridae) from the Hell
Paleontological Contributions 14 (16 pp.)
Most dromaeosaurids were small- to medium-sized cursorial, scansorial,
and arboreal, sometimes volant predators, but a comparatively small
percentage grew to gigantic proportions. Only two such giant “raptors”
have been described from North America. Here, we describe a new giant
dromaeosaurid, Dakotaraptor steini gen. et sp. nov., from the Hell
Creek Formation of South Dakota. The discovery represents the first
giant dromaeosaur from the Hell Creek Formation, and the most recent
in the fossil record worldwide. A row of prominent ulnar papilli or
“quill knobs” on the ulna is our first clear evidence for feather
quills on a large dromaeosaurid forearm and impacts evolutionary
reconstructions and functional morphology of such derived, typically
flight-related features. The presence of this new predator expands our
record of theropod diversity in latest Cretaceous Laramidia, and
radically changes paleoecological reconstructions of the Hell Creek