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Re: [dinosaur] Lucianovenator, new coelophysid neotheropod from Late Triassic of Argentina

Based on the phylogenetic analysis, _Lucianovenator_ could just as
easily been regarded as a species of _Coelophysis_ (_C. bonoi_).  The
same applies to _Camposaurus_ and _Lepidus_, which could likewise be
considered to be species of _Coelophysis  (_C. arizonensis_ and _C.
praecisio_, respectively), along with _Megapnosaurus_ (already sunk
into _Coelophysis_ as _C. rhodesiensis_... I suspect this has been
partly motivated by the desire to extirpate the name _Megapnosaurus_).

(The other erstwhile _Syntarsus_ species, "_S." kayentakatae_, still
needs a new genus name; unless it turns out that it's synonymous with
_Kayentavenator_, in which case it would become _Kayentavenator

Interestingly, Martinez & Alpadetti consider _Lepidus praecisio_ as a
possible composite taxon, with the holotype as a coelophysid, and the
referred material coming from a second theropod taxon related to
_Ceratosaurus_.  This assessment is preliminary, but intriguing

On Thu, May 11, 2017 at 8:40 AM, Ben Creisler <bcreisler@gmail.com> wrote:
> Ben Creisler
> bcreisler@gmail.com
> Back with a new name (NOT preoccupied!):
> Lucianovenator bonoi gen. et sp. nov.
> Ricardo N. Martínez & Cecilia Apaldetti (2017)
> A Late Norian-Rhaetian coelophysid neotheropod (Dinosauria, Saurischia) from
> the Quebrada del Barro Formation, Northwestern Argentina.
> Ameghiniana (advance online publication)
> doi:10.5710/AMGH.09.04.2017.3065
> https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.ameghiniana.org.ar_index.php_ameghiniana_article_view_1003&d=DwIFaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=Ry_mO4IFaUmGof_Yl9MyZgecRCKHn5g4z1CYJgFW9SI&m=lnICVosjFyiMomEVmb9Mf1o3KadWa4ugqyD2072gvSY&s=3uN8bP300_ov0HOC08-lkDPxpeyurjo-qQ_i8GhJKeU&e=
> Coelophysoids are the most abundant theropod dinosaurs known from the Late
> Triassic through Early Jurassic represent the earliest major radiation of
> Neotheropoda. Within Coelophysoidea sensu lato the most stable clade is
> Coelophysidae, small theropods characterized by long neck and light and
> kinetic skull. Coelophysids are the most abundant basal non-Tetanurae
> neotheropods known worldwide, but until recently they were unknown from
> South America. We report here a new coelophysid neotheropod, Lucianovenator
> bonoi gen. et sp. nov., from the late Norian-Rhaetian Quebrada del Barro
> Formation, northwestern Argentina. A phylogenetic analysis recovers
> Lucianovenator bonoi nested into the monophyletic group Coelophysidae in an
> unresolved clade together with Coelophysis rhodesiensis and Camposaurus
> arizonensis. The presence of Lucianovenator in the late Norian-Rhaetian of
> Argentina increases the poor and scarce record of Triassic South American
> neotheropods, suggesting that the virtual absence of theropods in the fossil
> record during the Rhaetian is probably a taphonomic/stratigraphic bias
> instead of a decline in diversity and abundance after the Norian. Finally,
> the new find corroborates the American endemism in the Late Triassic and
> worldwide distribution during the Early Jurassic of coelophysid
> neotheropods, supporting the extreme faunal homogeneity hypothesized for
> Early Jurassic continental biotas.