Category Archives: Systematics

The Stocky Dragon


There is much we still do not know about the ancient origins of birds and near-bird animals, dromaeosaurs and troodontids. As we find more specimens of archaeopterygid or scansoriopterygid-like animals, of Anchiornises and what not, the tree becomes more of … Continue reading

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The Journey of Banguela


The life of a pterosaur cannot be easy. Most occur in places where there is always a larger predator; even the giants Quetzalcoatlus and Hatzegopterus may have co-occurred with other predators that would have seen them as food. From hatching … Continue reading

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The Genus Question — Impact of New Archosaurian Binomina


So, what exactly would happen if — as I suggested both here and mentioned in the comments here — we went down that slippery slope, and distinguished all species as their own unique, equivalent taxa? How many new “genus”-like names … Continue reading

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“You Keep Using That Word”


Behold another rant on nomenclature, posted on the Dinosaur Mailing List recently. I am slightly modifying it for consumption here.

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I Cannot Compel to Reason: Triceratops, We Done It Again


Earlier this year, Andy Farke took the opportunity of  a remodel to assess the skull of that classic of classic dinosaurs, Nedoceratops hatcheri. Formally named by Richard Swan Lull (completing a monograph that first OC Marsh had begun but uncompleted … Continue reading

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New Domes, New Interpretations


Thanks to Bob Sullivan, many of his co-authored publications from the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science (NMNHS) Bulletin are now available online (which you can find here). I talked about one of them, naming new oviraptorosaurs Ojoraptorsaurus … Continue reading

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Sabretooths Spread Thick and Thin


Some time back (about a year ago, in fact), I wrote about the hypothesis where Heterodontosaurus tucki, a small ornithischian from the Early Jurassic of southern Africa, might actually have been a basal marginocephalian, joining the ranks of blatant look-a-likes … Continue reading

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