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Re: preferred family names



In a message dated 1/21/99 2:33:50 PM EST, thescelosaurus@juno.com writes:

<< Just out of curiosity, why is Caenagnathidae preferred over
 Elmisauridae when *Caenagnathus* is commonly considered to be a junior
 synonym of *Chirostenotes*?  Even though Caenagnathidae is the older
 name, wouldn't it go down the tubes if *Caenagnathus* was no longer
 considered a separate genus? -*Thescelosaurus* >>

No, junior synonymy of a family-level name's nominotypical genus is not
grounds for discarding the family-level name.