Allosaurus Marsh, 1877 (Dinosauria, Theropoda): proposed conservation of usage by designation of a neotype for its type species Allosaurus fragilis Marsh, 1877

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:2010
Authors:Paul, GS, Carpenter, K
Journal:Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature
Start Page:53
Date Published:03/2010
Type of Article:Case
Keywords:Allosaurus, Allosaurus fragilis, dinosaur, Dinosauria, Europe, Jurassic, Nomenclature, North America, taxonomy, Theropoda

The purpose of this application, under Article 75.5 of the Code, is to
conserve the usage of the name Allosaurus Marsh, 1877 by replacement of the
fragmentary and nondiagnostic holotype of Allosaurus fragilis Marsh, 1877 with a
diagnostic skull and skeleton from the same quarry. The name of the genus
Allosaurus, whose type species is A. fragilis, is widely accepted by palaeontologists
and has been familiar to the public for decades and it is essential that an adequate
type be available. It is proposed that all type species fixations for the genus Allosaurus
be set aside and a neotype be designated.

Taxonomic Group(s): 
Scratchpads developed and conceived by (alphabetical): Ed Baker, Katherine Bouton Alice Heaton Dimitris Koureas, Laurence Livermore, Dave Roberts, Simon Rycroft, Ben Scott, Vince Smith