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Re: Thingies and the missing "S"



In a message dated 95-09-21 03:37:29 EDT, jdharris@lust.isem.smu.edu (Jerry
D. Harris) writes:

>
>        BTW, now that Lockley & Hunt have formally described the
>ceratopsian footprints from Colorado as _Ceratopsipes_, what does everyone
>think?  I personally find that name _much_ more euphonius than
>_Ceratopipes_.  Leave that darned "s" in there!!!  Technicalities be
>damned...rules are meant to be broken.  It's not as if English has the best
>track record for following its own rules, anyway...  ;-)
>
>

I have no problem whatsoever with the generic name _Ceratopsipes_. As a
generic name, it can be spelled exactly as the author(s) desire. No firm
grammatical rules govern the _formation_ of generic names, only the formation
of taxonomic names _based on_ generic names.

G.O.