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Re: Re-use a name?
At 06:49 PM 6/27/97 -0700, Jonathon Woolf wrote:
>I recall reading somewhere recently of a name given a dinosaur (might
>have been _Centrosaurus_) that was questioned, branded invalid
>because it had been used before, then resurrected on the grounds that
>the older use turned out to be a junior synonym of another genus
You apparently heard the story wrong.
It was resurrected because the "older" name was unavailable - I think it
turned out to be a nomen nudum, or perhaps it was a nomen oblitum. Mere
synonymy is *not* sufficient to make a name unavailable.
>Thus, a question: Could some enterprising soul apply the name
>"Brontosaurus" to a new, hitherto undescribed species of sauropod,
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