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Re: Fw: synapsids are reptiles
George Olshevsky (Dinogeorge@aol.com) wrote:
<You mean gorgonopians, of course.>
naw ... Gorgonopsia becomes gorgonopsian, typically. The name as
provided includes an "s", however erroneous in it's formulation. Any
further stems may choose to exclude it. The vernacular _may_ change this,
but for the stability of use of the taxon names, any reformulation is a
new taxon name, and not an "ammendation" of the earlier name.
Ceratopsia = ceratopsian or ceratopian
Ceratopsidae = ceratopsid or ceratopid
Ceratopsimorpha = ceratopsimorphan or ceratopimorphan
Ceratopsoidea = ceratopsoid[ean] or ceratopoid[ean]
Just by clarifying in the work used does any confusion be abolished ...
b ut the full taxon names should be used, whatever the vernacular. Yes, I
know it grates ... I'd like nothing better than to have a "Ceratopia" but
it just doesn't exist, and use would make it an automatic subjective
junior synonym of Ceratopsia. By the same token, erroneous formulation
could easily be used to rename any single taxon you might want that has
been reinterpreted since its coining that may no longer seem applicable.
*Griphosaurus* Wagner for *Archaeopteryx* von Meyer
Saurischiformes Kinman for Saurischia von Huene
My opinion, anyway ...
Jaime A. Headden
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