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Re: [dinosaur] Main goals in future dinosaur paleontology

And biogeography is a subset of phylogeny, since cladogenesis often occurs due to geographic separation.

From: Dan Chure <danchure@easilink.com>
Sent: Wednesday, April 12, 2017 6:24 PM
To: Yazbeck, Thomas Michael; dinosaur-l@usc.edu; Poekilopleuron
Subject: Re: [dinosaur] Main goals in future dinosaur paleontology
Anatomy and phylogeny.  Those are pretty much the foundation for
everything else.


On 4/11/2017 3:21 PM, Yazbeck, Thomas Michael wrote:
> The main goals are whatever dino workers want to study. With any new
> discovery, there are bound to be many questions about a new taxon or
> specimen. I would say that one thing that is less often discussed is
> expanding geographic coverage for dinosaurs. There are many
> dinosaur-bearing rocks in countries which have not been explored in
> detail by scientists. In some cases this is due to political
> considerations, or financial or legal constraints. I just heard of
> some dinosaur material recently found in Iran, a country that is hard
> (for American scientists, at least) to get access too. But nearby in
> the Levant are some places which probably are hiding some dinosaurs -
> I just read of a Lebanese pterosaur, which is exciting because Lebanon
> is known for other excellent fossils from the Cretaceous (multiple
> Lagerstaetten, in fact). Israel and Jordan are also in the same boat,
> with (off the top of my head) dinosaur footprints and pterosaur
> postcrania found in those countries, respectively. Africa is also a
> huge, huge continent which is hiding way, way more dinosaurs than the
> aforementioned countries. Late Late Cretaceous continental Africa is a
> major gap in our understanding of dinosaurs, and that is beginning to
> be filled since a new Maastrichtian abelisaurid was discovered this
> year in Morocco. Find out all you can about countries on the map with
> <2 named dinosaur species.
> Hope that helps.
> Thomas Yazbeck
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> *Sent:* Tuesday, April 11, 2017 2:58 AM
> *To:* dinosaur-l@usc.edu
> *Subject:* [dinosaur] Main goals in future dinosaur paleontology
> Good day,
> I have a simple, albeit an important, question: What are the main
> (general) "goals" in the dinosaur paleontology in the future? Is it
> creating a comprehensive phylogeny, describe as many new species as
> possible, understand dinosaur physiology and paleoecology better,
> understand their extinction and early development, use modern
> technology to make a breakthrough in their research or something else
> entirely? Or is it just all of those plus something more? Thank you in
> advance, Tom