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Re: Dinosaur Genera List corrections #130
>As I understand it, the Hoplitosuchus problem occurred because von Huene
>misspelled the name Hoplitosaurus somewhere along the line (1938?), and this
>misspelling is preoccupied by Lucas, 1902, for an Early Cretaceous North
>American polacanthine ankylosaurian. Unfortunately, I can't check my library
>because the relevant papers are still boxed. My files have 1938 as the date
>for both of von Huene's names Hoplitosaurus and Hoplitosuchus, but it is
>still possible that von Huene used the preoccupied name Hoplitosaurus before
>he used Hoplitosuchus. If so, the latter would be a replacement name for the
>former; otherwise the former is simply a misspelling of the latter.
Under ICZN rules, how do taxonomists deal with a problem like this? Do they
only recognize the earliest published name, and in this case mispelled, name?
I am thinking along the lines of the Apatosaur/Brontosaur controversy, and am
wondering how strict the rules are for naming new species.
What could possibly go wrong?