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RE: Elasmo

David Marjanovic wrote:

> > The issue actually goes all
> > the way back to a Turkish naturalist named Rafinesque
>Turkish? ~:-|

Well, Constantine Samuel Rafinesque was born in the Ottoman Empire, though
of French and German parents, and his family moved to France when he was a
year old.  His father was a merchant based at the Ottoman capital of
Istanbul (Constaninople), now in Turkey.

Rafinesque named the bird genus _Ceratops_ in 1815, the year he returned to
the U.S.  According to Elmer Merrill, Rafinesque coined about 2,700 new
generic names - of which only about 30 are considered valid.  _Ceratops_
Rafinesque 1815 is not one of them.