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Re: pneumatic bones

----- Original Message -----
From: "Jaime A. Headden" <qilongia@yahoo.com>
To: <dinosaur@usc.edu>
Sent: Saturday, March 03, 2001 5:01 AM
Subject: 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....

Well, *Kentrosaurus* is a genus and therefore governed by ICZN, so strict
precedence must be used. Maniraptora, Eumaniraptora and Maniraptoriformes
are above the superfamily and therefore not governed by ICZN, and PhyloCode,
which would conserve such cases, is not yet enacted...