History and nomenclature of the theropod dinosaur tracks Bueckeburgichnus and Megalosauripus

Thulborn, Tony (2001) History and nomenclature of the theropod dinosaur tracks Bueckeburgichnus and Megalosauripus. Ichnos, 8 3-4: 207-222. doi:10.1080/10420940109380188


Author Thulborn, Tony
Title History and nomenclature of the theropod dinosaur tracks Bueckeburgichnus and Megalosauripus
Journal name Ichnos   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1042-0940
Publication date 2001
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/10420940109380188
Volume 8
Issue 3-4
Start page 207
End page 222
Total pages 16
Place of publication Chur ; New York
Publisher Harwood Academic
Collection year 2002
Language eng
Subject C1
270705 Palaeoecology
780104 Earth sciences
Abstract The most recent account of Bueckeburgichnus maximus Kuhn 1958, a distinctive theropod dinosaur track from the Lower Cretaceous of Germany, is shown to be based on a referred specimen mistakenly identified as the holotype and the correct name of this taxon is deemed to be Megalosauripus maximus (Kuhn 1958). This minor revision has important consequences for nomenclature of the many European, Asian, North American and Australian dinosaur tracks attributed to megalosaurian theropods. Many of those tracks were named Megalosauripus, but that name has a confusing multiplicity of meanings and it should be restricted to the highly characteristic dinosaur track formerly identified as Bueckeburgichnus. Other tracks named "Megalosauripus”; (in its several other senses) will require new nomenclature, despite their extensive and repeated revision since 1996. It is recommended that future revision should adopt conventions of the International Code of Zoological Nomenclature. Although previous revisions expressed an intention to adhere to those conventions, these were not put into practice, with the unfortunate result of multiplying the problems that surround the nomenclature of megalosaur tracks. Introduction of the name Megalosauripus maximus (Kuhn 1958) eliminates those burgeoning problems and permits the introduction of new and objective nomenclature for presumed megalosaur tracks.
Keyword Theropoda
dinosaur tracks
nomenclature
Megalosauripus
Bueckeburgichnus
Q-Index Code C1

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