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Re: [dinosaur] Shuangbaisaurus, new crested theropod from Early Jurassic of China (free pdf)
I think this paper might be the first time the combination _Sinosaurus
sinensis_ (Hu, 1993) has been formally erected in the published
literature, with a brief description that differentiates it from _S.
triassicus_ Young, 1948 (type species of _Sinosaurus_ Young, 1948).
_S. sinensis_ is the species that was originally named _Dilophosaurus
sinensis_ Hu, 1993, although it soon became clear it was likely not
referable to _Dilophosaurus_ Welles, 1970. The prevailing practice in
recent published literature (since Xing et al., 2013, IIRC) has been
to regard _D. sinensis_ as a junior synonym of _S. triassicus_.
The name _S. sinensis_ has appeared before, such as in the
_Panguraptor_ description (You et al., 2014), where the attribution is
given as Young, 1948 (so they may mean _S. triassicus_ rather than _S.
sinensis_) and in Paul's _The Princeton Field Guide to Dinosaurs_
(where it's also referred to as 'Unnamed genus').
Wang et al. (2017) distinguish the two _Sinosaurus_ species (_S.
triassicus_, _S. sinensis) based on the proportions of the premaxilla.
They also note "Interestingly, the premaxilla and proportion of the
skull of _S. triassicus_ is more similar to that of _Shuangbaisaurus_
than to _S. sinensis_". This opens the possibility of more taxonomic
fun in the future.
On Thu, Mar 30, 2017 at 3:19 AM, Ben Creisler <email@example.com> wrote:
> Ben Creisler
> A new paper:
> WANG Guo-Fu, YOU Hai-Lu, PAN Shi-Gang & WANG Tao (2017)
> A new crested theropod dinosaur from the Early Jurassic of Yunnan Province,
> Vertebrata PalAsiatica (advance online publication)
> Free pdf:
> A new crested theropod, Shuangbaisaurus anlongbaoensis gen. et sp. nov., is
> reported. The new taxon is recovered from the Lower Jurassic Fengjiahe
> Formation of Shuangbai County, Chuxiong Yi Autonomous Prefecture, Yunnan
> Province, and is represented by a partial cranium. Shuangbaisaurus is unique
> in possessing parasagittal crests along the orbital dorsal rims. It is also
> distinguishable from the other two lager-bodied parasagittal crested Early
> Jurassic theropods (Dilophosaurus and Sinosaurus) by a unique combination of
> features, such as higher than long premaxillary body, elevated ventral edge
> of the premaxilla, and small upper temporal fenestra. Comparative
> morphological study indicates that “Dilophosaurus” sinensis could
> potentially be assigned to Sinosaurus, but probably not to the type species.
> The discovery of Shuangbaisaurus will help elucidate the evolution of basal
> theropods, especially the role of various bony cranial ornamentations had
> played in the differentiation of early theropods.