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RE: ICZN Details
> From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com]On Behalf Of
> Rob Meyerson
> I was scrolling through the DinoGenera listing and had a rather
> unusual thought (big shock, huh ;^). I noticed that some genera
> have many junior synonyms (JS). Now, I noticed that some of
> these JS are pretty cool names for a dinosaur (Brontosaurus being
> a JS to Apatosaurus, for example). My question: under ICZN
> rules, are these names off-limits for future species?
Yes, they are off-limits for all time (unless, of course, it is established
that the "junior synonym" really IS a distinct taxon; for example, if it
were established that _Apatosaurus ajax_ (type of _Apatosaurus_) and
_Apatosaurus excelsus_ (type of _Brontosaurus_) were truly distinct at the
generic level (however that might be established), then _Brontosaurus_ could
be used again.
Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
Department of Geology Director, Earth, Life & Time Program
University of Maryland College Park Scholars
College Park, MD 20742
Phone: 301-405-4084 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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