Tag Archives: The Genus Question

Nanotyrannus Nomore!?


Nanotyrannus is everyone’s favorite tyrannosaur, as long as it’s right behind the big guy, Tyrannosaurus, itself. It’s been lovingly depicted and aggressively championed by such notable figures as Robert Bakker, and supported less enthusiastically but no less masterfully by Philip … Continue reading

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“Taste” Versus “Science”


My recent discussion on the value of “originalism” has led to some interesting comments from respondents Mickey Mortimer and Mike Taylor. As I respect both of them, but disagree, I will post their comments in full below and respond to … Continue reading

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Systematic Originalism


On occasion, systematists feel the need to revise the taxonomy of various species, placing species into new genera, or lumping them in with other species in earlier-named genera. This is generally supported by phylogenetic analyses, but sometimes it involves an … Continue reading

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Splitting Chirostenotes


Seems audacious of me, eh? Chirostenotes (specifically, Chirostenotes pergracilis) enjoys one of the more interesting synonymy lists among dinosaurs, as it contains (or has contained) no fewer than three generic synonyms and four specific synonyms, but also that it has … Continue reading

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Ontogeny and Taxa


I’d promised some follow-up posts to two previous ones in which I describe other “issues” I perceived. The first was a continuation of what I felt was wrong about the argument of Scannella and Horner (here) in regards to their … Continue reading

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Horns, Frills, Knobs and Domes – Morphological Ontogeny


Recently I’ve been embroiled in a discussion with various professional paleontologists, interested scientists, and lay paleophiles on the topic of the synonymy proposed by Scannella and Horner [1] for the Hell Creek chasmosaurine ceratopsians Triceratops and Torosaurus. I feel it … Continue reading

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Scare Quotes and Recent Ceratopsians


Scare quotes are a figurative use of quotation marks to imply the object(s) being enclosed (be it a theory, phrase, or word) are not proscribed by the quoting author(s) [n1]. In this case, they are used around taxonomic names that … Continue reading

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