Kazaklambia convincens comb. nov., a primitive juvenile lambeosaurine from the Santonian of Kazakhstan
This week Ph.D. student Kristin Brink (Reisz Lab) helps us turn the clocks back to the Cretaceous with her recently published paper “Kazaklambia convincens comb. nov., a primitive juvenile lambeosaurine from the Santonian of Kazakhstan” published in Cretaceous Research.
Kristin and her collaborator redescribe and rename a species of lambeosaurine (or “crested”) dinosaur from Kazakhstan. The specimen is a juvenile and although lacking the morphology typically used for taxonomic identification in adult specimens, it possesses unique characters not known in other species at a similar ontogenetic stage. This paper discusses the difficulties of taxonomic identification of juvenile specimens when the adult morphology is unknown.
Congratulations on another exciting discovery, Kristin!