The dinosaur Hadrosaurus foulkii, from the Campanian of the East Coast of North America, with a reevaluation of the genus

Albert Prieto-Márquez, David B. Weishampel, John R. Horner

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Abstract

Hadrosaurus foulkii was the first dinosaur known outside Europe from partially complete skeletal elements. It is the holotype of the family Hadrosauridae and the subfamily Hadrosaurinae. The history of its discovery and taxonomy is reviewed, and the holotype of H. foulkii is redescribed. The holotype of H. foulkii lacks distinguishing characters; therefore, this taxon is a nomen dubium. It is not synonymous with species of Gryposaurus and/or Kritosaurus. We also reevaluate the taxonomy and osteology of H. tripos, H. minor, H. cavatus, H. breviceps, H. paucidens, and Ornithotarsus immanis. In agreement with previous studies, these taxa are considered nomina dubia due to the absence of distinguishing characters and are therefore referrable only to Hadrosauridae indeterminate; H. paucidens is referrable to Lambeosaurinae indeterminat e. Finally, our phylogenetic analysis indicates that the holotype of H. foulkii belongs to a member of Euhadrosauria and, tentatively, of Hadrosaurinae.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)77-98
Number of pages22
JournalActa Palaeontologica Polonica
Volume51
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 27 2006

Keywords

  • Cretaceous
  • East Coast
  • Hadrosauridae
  • North America
  • Phylogeny

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Palaeontology

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