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Re: pneumatic bones

David Marjanovic (david.marjanovic@gmx.at) wrote:

<BTW, Dinosaurs: The Encyclopedia Supplement 1 consistently uses
Manuraptora and Manuraptoriformes instead of -i-, citing a paper
by Charig and Milner 1997 where it was pointed out that the i is
etymologically totally incorrect (I can confirm this). Are there
any reasons not to adopt this emendation?>

  Yeah, precedence in the literature. Mani- is the improper
stem, but it was established as of 1984 in Gauthier's PhD
thesis, and published in 1986 for the world to look at. Eumani-*
and Mani-*-formes stem from this in the same mein as variations
on the original, however etymologically correct. This was
commented on by Padian, Hutchinson, and Holtz, 1999, in JVP.
Precedence in the literature is a primary tool as following the
recommendations of Gauthier and de Queiroz in TREE and Evol.
Biol.. Saying otherwise would be opening the door for people who
would want to use their own name for any group they disagreed
with, such as when *Kentrosaurus* was renamed *Kentrurosaurus*
(adding the _-uru-_ stem for "tail", not just a renaming) to
avoid conflict with _pronouncing_ the stegosaur and ceratopid in
the same breath or paper....

  You think you can make a classically challenging revision,
write it up and try to get it published, to have names refer
precisely to their stems and declensions.... Charig and Milner
were able to get the manu- stem published.

Jaime A. Headden

  Where the Wind Comes Sweeping Down the Pampas!!!!

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