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  1. Are Mosasaurs considered lizards?
  2. Bateman, R.M. and DiMichele, W.A., Escaping the voluntary constraints of “tyre-track” taxonomy. Taxon 00 (00), pp. 1–16 Wiley PDF Yours, Paul H.
  3. What is the proper ending for the specific name of Wilkingia terminale: terminale or terminalis? Allorisma was renamed Wilkingia in 1959 by Wilson. I suspect since the genus name was changed the ending of the specific name needed to change to match the case, gender and number of the genus name. Anyone fluent in Latin and good at matching their word endings? http://fossilworks.org/bridge.pl?a=taxonInfo&taxon_no=18845 http://entomology.ifas.ufl.edu/frank/KISS/kiss9.htm
  4. 7 ft tall Three toed tracks Walks flat on its feet, not on the sides of its feet Three fingered claw marks Osteoderms in skin Ancestor of cloepus, not bradypus Found in North America (do any known ground sloths have a smaller tail or even no tail at all?)
  5. Zenmaster6

    Question on Taxonomy

    Hi, I have looked through the internet and couldn't find information on this and thought maybe someone passing through could give me and quick answer. Why things share similar words in latin when sometimes they are not related at all. For example Dickin(Sonia) ( a flat Ediacaran animal ) Dick(Sonia) ( a tree fern ) Cook(Sonia) ( one of the first vascular plants ) These are three different species that share not too much. (aside from everything is connected) Or another example is: Archaeo(therium) ( a boar like predator in the Miocene ) Kayenta(therium) (
  6. Study confirms horseshoe crabs are really relatives of spiders, scorpions March 9, 2019 by Kelly April Tyrrell, University of Wisconsin-Madison https://phys.org/news/2019-03-horseshoe-crabs-relatives-spiders-scorpions.html Ballesteros, J.A. and Sharma, P.P., 2019. A Critical Appraisal of the Placement of Xiphosura (Chelicerata) with Account of Known Sources of Phylogenetic Error. Systematic Biology. https://academic.oup.com/sysbio/advance-article/doi/10.1093/sysbio/syz011/5319972 An unrelated article for cat fans is: S
  7. Fossils key to fulfilling Darwin's 160-year-old prediction December 12, 2018, University of Salford https://phys.org/news/2018-12-fossils-key-fulfilling-darwin-year-old.html The paper is: Beck R.M.D., and Baillie C. 2018. Improvements in the fossil record may largely resolve current conflicts between morphological and molecular estimates of mammal phylogeny. Proc. R. Soc. B. 285: 20181632. https://www.biorxiv.org/content/early/2018/07/20/373191 https://www.biorxiv.org/content/biorxiv/early/2018/07/20/373191.full.pdf https://ro
  8. Hi guys! I just uploaded a gallery of modern Carcharhinus upper dentitions: . The images are from my master's thesis (Smith 2015), the full text is available at (https://www.researchgate.net/publication/316735477_Species_discrimination_in_Carcharhinus_shark_teeth_using_elliptic_Fourier_analysis). Unfortunately, due to file size limitations, the images in the paper are not really good enough for detailed analysis of the morphology. So I have uploaded them individually here. I personally extracted the teeth from almost all of these jaws...If I remember correctly, they were soaked in isopro
  9. Everything you always wanted to know about nomenclature and taxonomy. A workshop at the Museum of Natural History Vienna: (roughly 20MB - 142 pages) Have fun Thomas
  10. So I've been reading about paleontology for awhile now, I've read all sorts of books and articles and theses, but the one thing I don't understand is what is the complete list of levels of classification? The average example usually shows eight, in this order: Domain, Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, Family, Genus, and Species. But since this is only basic taxonomy there are more than just eight; the ones I know are: Domain, Kingdom, Phylum, Subphylum, Grandclass, Class, Subclass, Infraclass, Legion, Cohort, Grandorder, Order, Suborder, Family, Subfamily, Tribe, Genus, Species, and Subspecies; b
  11. Hi all, How do you all go about pronouncing the scientific names of species that you find? So far, I've just gone with what sounds right and tweaked it based off what I hear others say. Most genus and species names are derived from Greek and Latin I believe, so looking at pronunciations in those languages may help. But is there any outside resource that you all use, or do you just say it how you see it? I'd hate to disrespect a shark by butchering his name!
  12. Can a better linguist than I (not hard!) help out here? The belemnite species suffix for Lagonibelus beaumontiana (d'Orbigny) would presumably be based on "belus" being feminine. However, original Russian sources give it as "L. beaumontianus" and other belemnite genera with the same element (Pleurobelus, Gastrobelus etc.) all have masculine species endings. I know gender endings can be tricky and -us isn't always masculine but there seems to be widespread discrepancy here. (The London NHM and Martill & Hudson's Fossils of the Oxford Clay both go wit
  13. What does it take for a species to officially be “described”? I know there must be more than just having a paper written about it, there must be some minimum requirements for the contents of the paper. And am I correct that you can’t establish a full species name unless it has been “described”?
  14. squali

    Taxonomic Vandals

    A Few Bad Scientists Are Threatening to Topple Taxonomy - Smithsonian https://apple.news/AQu_Npdw-SUyRMHleDgGc8gSmithsonian article thought this was interesting and outrageous
  15. Is it possible that not all the creatures we call fish are actually fish?
  16. The best way to include fossils in the 'tree of life' January 10, 2017 http://www.bristol.ac.uk/news/2017/january/tree-of-life.html http://phys.org/news/2017-01-fossils-tree-life.html Puttick, M. N,., J. E. O'Reilly, A. R. Tanner, and others, 2017, Uncertain- tree: discriminating among competing approaches to the phylogenetic analysis of phenotype data, Proceedings of the Royal Society B. Published 11 January 2017.DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2016.2290 http://rspb.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/284/1846/20162290 Yours, Paul H.
  17. Does anyone know where I can see/get a full copy of this paper? The generic taxonomy of Pennsylvanian age marattialean fern frond adpressions Cleal, Christopher J., Palaeontographica Abteilung B Volume 292 Issue 1-3 (2015), p. 1 – 21 Jan 23, 2015 Thanks, Chris
  18. What would the following be for a general fossil found in the Pholadomya genus? Modes of life: Taxonomy: Fossil Range: Anatomical Features: Nicknames:
  19. tmaier

    The End Of Reptiles?

    Trouble in classification may require getting rid of Reptilia... http://phys.org/news/2014-10-reptiles.html
  20. The following text is largely a translation of an article I wrote for the Nederlandse Varenvereniging (Dutch Fern Society) in 2010, for a special issue on fossil ferns. I updated the text where needed and made a few expansions/changes. Unfortunately, I had to leave out quite some of the figures of the original text. Hopefully though, some TFF members may still find the text useful, and perhaps even entertaining. Taxonomy (derived from the Greek terms “taxis” and “nomina”, translating into “arrangement method”) is the science which deals with the study of identifying, grouping, and naming orga
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