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Re: Specific names
In a message dated 10/18/99 7:32:11 AM Pacific Daylight Time,
> On a different point, regarding the suggestion that _Maiasaura
> peeblesorum_ ought to be changed to _Maiasaura peebls*A*rum_: Our local
> of latinophiles believe that the proposed change is inappropriate, as the
> specific epithet is a *noun* in the genetive plural, not an adjective.
> Possesive nouns are not required (by the rules of Latin, perhaps not by the
> rules of the ICZN) to agree with their object in gender or number
> (obviously, since your gender does not change just because you own a female
> dog, and you don't spawn a clone when you buy a new dog). Any thoughts from
> y'all out there?
Exactly right. _peeblesorum_ refers to the Peebles family, at least some of
whom are male (and that's enough to make the whole group masculine, under
Latin rules). It does NOT refer to _Maiasaura_ itself.