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Re: New name for Syntarsus
In a message dated 2/1/02 10:18:49 AM, TiJaWi@agron.iastate.edu writes:
<< (2) _Syntarsus_ Fairmaire 1869 would seem to qualify as a _nomen oblitum_ -
just like _Centrosaurus_ Fitzinger 1843 and _Ceratops_ Rafinesque 1815
before it. >>
I think it's safe to say that _Syntarsus_ is *not* a _nomen oblitum_.
Rob Gay wrote:
<<And I would like to say, if for nothing else, that this new name is really
ugly, and a lot harder to pronounce than _Syntarsus_. >>
Aethetics and ease of pronunciation are not (and should not) be a
consideration when naming new taxa. The replacement name _Megapnosaurus_ is
as "good" a name as _Syntarsus_.
Caitlin R. Kiernan