Belated Leptorhynchos


Nick Longrich has a new publication out, with fellow colleagues from Texas, discussing the taxonomy of a few new oviraptorosaurs. Following up on their earlier publication describing “Leptorhynchos” gaddisi, Longrich et al. have fixed the error of not having fixed a type species for their new taxon, thus rendering the name unusable. This has now been rectificed with a corrigendum, and gaddisi is the type species of Leptorhynchos. This would leave the fate of their referral of Ornithomimus elegans, often placed in Chirostenotes or, more recently, in Elmisaurus, up to more grabs. Which, sadly, is where it belongs. Thus, this removes the uncertainly surrounding the legitimacy of “Leptorhynchos,” and I can now add it to the list of new, valid oviraptorosaurian taxa.

Longrich, N. R., Barnes, K., Clark, S. & Millar, L. 2013. Caenagnathidae from the upper Campanian Aguja Formation of west Texas, and a revision of the Caenagnathinae. Bulletin of the Peabody Museum of Natural History 54 (1): 23-49.
Longrich, N. R., Barnes, K., Clark, S. & Millar, L. 2013. Correction to “Caenagnathidae from the Upper Campanian Aguja Formation of West Texas, and a Revision of the Caenagnathinae.” Bulletin of the Peabody Museum of Natural History 54 (2): 263-264.

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