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Re: Whatever prima

In a message dated 97-04-15 03:09:12 EDT, jpoling@dinosauria.com (Jeff
Poling) writes:

<< What's of interest to me is the use of the name _Compsognathus prima_ in
 the recent Audubon article.  George, does the later publication mean that
 _Sinosauropteryx_ is now considered a junior synonym, or does some sort of
 monograph have to appear in a "sanctioned" publication? >>

No, a name change, or any similar nomenclatural act that does not involve
formal description of a new taxon, can be published anywhere. The problem is
to get other workers, such as the original describers, to accept the name
change. Since the _Audubon_ article does not provide any reasons for using
the generic name _Compsognathus_ rather than _Sinosauropteryx_ (such as a
comparison between the two genera), most workers will probably ignore the
name change or treat it as a nomenclatural curiosity until and unless it gets
better substantiated.