Apatosaurus Re: [TAXACOM] More on vernacular names

Curtis Clark jcclark-lists at EARTHLINK.NET
Sun Mar 6 11:19:53 CST 2005

on 2005-03-06 09:39 I wrote:
> I have to admit that a similar thing has happened to me with respect to
> Brontosaurus, which since my youth has for me been a meme. I know that
> "it" is appropriately called Apatosaurus, and that it has something to
> do with the skull and body belonging to different organisms, and with
> the part that is the type, but beyond that I haven't a clue (although I
> suppose I could Google it).

I Googled it. Brontosaurus is a junior subjective synonym of
Apatosaurus. The skull issue is unrelated--a famous specimen of
Bronosaurus (the type?) was displayed with a Camarasaurus skull, since
it lacked one of its own.

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