Tuesday, 7 April 2015

'Extinct' No Longer? Brontosaurus May Make a Comeback

by Stephanie Pappas, Live Science Contributor | April 07, 2015 07:27am ET

The Brontosaurus is back. Or at least it should be, according to a new analysis of the long-necked dinosaur family tree.

The study researchers suggest the dinosaur currently known as Apatosaurus excelsus is different enough from its Apatosaurian kin as to be a different dinosaur altogether. Because A. excelsus was famously first known as Brontosaurus until 1903, the species would revert back to that original name and become Brontosaurus once again.

It's a proposal that excites some paleontologists and leaves others skeptical, but researchers say it's entirely possible that Brontosaurusmay eventually regain its place in the scientific nomenclature.

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