Massospondylus carinatus Owen 1854 (Dinosauria: Sauropodomorpha) from the Lower Jurassic of South Africa: Proposed conservation of the usage by designation of a neotype

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dc.contributor.author Yates, Adam M.
dc.contributor.author Barrett, Paul M.
dc.date.accessioned 2014-02-18T07:41:27Z
dc.date.available 2014-02-18T07:41:27Z
dc.date.issued 2010-12
dc.identifier.issn 0078-8554
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net10539/13820
dc.description.abstract The purpose of this article is to preserve the usage of the binomen Massospondylus carinatus by designating a neotype specimen. Massospondylus is the most abundant basal sauropodomorph dinosaur from the Early Jurassic strata of southern Africa. This taxon forms the basis for an extensive palaeobiological literature and is the eponym of Massospondylidae and the nominal taxon of a biostratigraphical unit in current usage, the ‘Massospondylus Range Zone’. The syntype series of M. carinatus (five disarticulated and broken vertebrae) was destroyed during World War II, but plaster casts and illustrations of the material survive. Nonetheless, these materials cannot act as type material for this taxon under the rules of the ICZN Code. In order to avoid nomenclatural instability, we hereby designate BP/1/4934 (a skull and largely complete postcranial skeleton) as the neotype of Massospondylus carinatus. en_ZA
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher Bernard Price Institute for Palaeontological Research, University of the Witwatersrand en_ZA
dc.subject Dinosauria en_ZA
dc.subject Sauropodomorpha en_ZA
dc.subject Massospondylidae en_ZA
dc.subject Massospondylus en_ZA
dc.subject Massospondylus carinatus en_ZA
dc.subject neotype en_ZA
dc.subject South Africa en_ZA
dc.subject upper Elliot Formation en_ZA
dc.subject Early Jurassic en_ZA
dc.title Massospondylus carinatus Owen 1854 (Dinosauria: Sauropodomorpha) from the Lower Jurassic of South Africa: Proposed conservation of the usage by designation of a neotype en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA


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