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RE: [dinosaur] New Konzhukovia species (temnospondyl) from Permian of South America + Early Triassic polar coprolites + more papers

Apparently the misunderstanding where authors think family-level groups can't 
be based on nomina dubia extends to non-dinosaurian taxa as well.  In this 
case, Tryphosuchinae/idae should stand, as Tryphosuchus is still within that 
clade.  Indeed, the authors recovered Tryphosuchus in a particular spot in 
their cladogram, so it can't be undiagnostic.  It has to differ from the 
various Konzhukovia species in certain characters, or else it would create a 
polytomy among them.  The authors then state "An alternative solution would be 
erecting a new combination for this taxon, namely Konzhukovia paucidens, due to 
its assignment to Konzhukovia."  Well, no.  Tryphosuchus paucidens was named in 
1955, while Konzhukovia was named in 1991, so you could not have that 
combination without an ICZN petition.  It's as if these people have never heard 
of the ICZN.  And this is in the Journal of Systematic Palaeontology!  Where 
were the peer reviewers and editors?

Mickey Mortimer

> Cristian Pereira Pacheco, Estevan Eltink, Rodrigo Temp Müller & Sérgio  
> Dias-da-Silva (2016) 
> A new Permian temnospondyl with Russian affinities from South America,  
> the new family Konzhukoviidae, and the phylogenetic status of  
> Archegosauroidea 
> Journal of Systematic Palaeontology (advance online publication) 
> DOI:10.1080/14772019.2016.1164763 
> http: //  
> www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14772019.2016.1164763<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.tandfonline.com_doi_full_10.1080_14772019.2016.1164763&d=CwMFaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=Ry_mO4IFaUmGof_Yl9MyZgecRCKHn5g4z1CYJgFW9SI&m=YO6OQfKAbBAMzgpFjG9d2BBksbvAAIxThyvkTdEN_hM&s=QTnyFISeaK-kxwpczMP32gkv_iC1WCH1m-U_cFsa8vg&e=>
> A new Permian temnospondyl from South America is described and  
> considered to represent a new species – Konzhukovia sangabrielensis sp.  
> nov. – of the genus Konzhukovia previously recorded exclusively from  
> Russia. It consists of the anterior half and partial right side of the  
> skull roof and palate. A comprehensive phylogenetic analysis was  
> performed with several archegosauroids and other well-supported groups  
> of temnospondyls in order to access the affinities of the new Brazilian  
> species and test the monophyly of Archegosauroidea. Archegosauroidea  
> was not recovered as a monophyletic group, comprising successive  
> paraphyletic taxa. The only monophyletic group of ‘archegosauroids’ is  
> the ‘Tryphosuchinae’ (in a sister-group relationship with  
> Stereospondyli), composed of Tryphosuchus paucidens, Konzhukovia  
> vetusta, K. tarda and K. sangabrielensis. As the diagnosis of T.  
> paucidens is unclear and based on incomplete material, nested among  
> three species of Konzhukovia, we consider this taxon to be a nomen  
> dubium and purge it from the strict consensus tree. An alternative  
> solution would be to erect a new taxonomic combination for T.  
> paucidens. In order to solve these taxonomic problems, it is necessary  
> to discover more complete material with a clear set of diagnostic  
> characters, to either revalidate this taxon or provide a new  
> combination for it. The phylogenetic results support the erection of a  
> new family – Konzhukoviidae – to replace ‘Tryphosuchinae’ and  
> accommodate Konzhukovia vetusta, K. tarda and K. sangabrielensis, the  
> new Brazilian species basal to the Russian forms. An early diverging  
> konzhukoviid in Gondwana leads to interesting insights regarding the  
> evolution of the new family, stereospondyl origins, their early  
> diversification and their palaeobiogeographical patterns of  
> distribution.