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Re: New name for Syntarsus

Damned bugs, especially beetles, which, species-wise,  outnumber just about
everything else on this planet.

Down here in dinosaur-less Florida we're constantly fighting all manner of
invasive insects. Looks like the six-legged critters have scored another

Maybe I should move back home to Maryland (I'll have to rent a spot in my
parents' basement) and join HP Tom Holtz and HP Tom Liptka on the front
lines: I'll be the one waving the "Remember the late Nick Hotton/Alfred S.
Romer/Edwin H. Colbert/Richard Selten" flags in defiant honor of my
much-lamented friends, mentors, heros, and professors. Naturally, my battle
cry will be "Wait for the Paper!"

As of last midnight, thanks to the inscrutable dictates of the Brevard
Community College (BCC) District President, my position as Staff
Astronomer/Planetarium Programmer and Operator for the Astronaut Memorial
Planetarium & Observatory no longer exists. More than thirteen-and-a-half
years' experience and hard work have just gone down the drain, and I joined
the ranks of the unemployed today.

Even my renowned, supremely talented, artist/illustrator/producer and
dinosaur afficianado colleague Dr. Joe Tucciarone "got the axe."

To paraphrase an editorial (January 31, 2002) in our local _Florida Today_
(http:\\flatoday.com) newpaper (January 31, 2002), the "stars are dimmer"
on America's Space Coast -- the only place on Earth from which mankind has
travelled to the Moon and returned safely.

I look at the stars and wonder. Joe looks at the stars and *shows* the
wonder and much more.

-= Tuck =-
(not quite [along with Joe, I hope] extinct, yet)

P.S. Tracy, George, Peter, and everyone else, please be not upset or
discouraged by negative comments or responses. Let us strive to work and
ruminaate together, respect each others' points of view, and have the grace
of  accepting divergent ideas and suggestions without  rancor. Let us,
please, examine data, mull over facts, and evaluate implications without
pouncing upon ill-conceived objections.
There is *no* "conspiracy" involved; there is no motive for withholding data
or facts.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Thomas R. Holtz, Jr." <tholtz@geol.umd.edu>
To: "Michael Ivie" <mivie@gemini.oscs.montana.edu>
Cc: "dinosaur" <dinosaur@usc.edu>
Sent: Friday, February 01, 2002 10:54 AM
Subject: RE: New name for Syntarsus

> > From: owner-dinosaur@usc.edu [mailto:owner-dinosaur@usc.edu]On Behalf Of
> > Michael Ivie
> >
> > This is a note to let you know of a recent paper that may fly below your
> > radar because it was published in an entomological journal.  The name
> > Syntarsus Raath is preoccupied by a one hundred year older beetle name,
> > and has been replaced by the name Megapnosaurus Ivie, Slipinski and
> > Wegrzynowicz 2001.
> >
> > The citation is:
> >
> > Ivie, M. A., S. A. Slipinski, And P. Wegrzynowicz. 2001. Generic
> > homonyms in the Colydiinae (Coleoptera: Zopheridae). Insecta Mudi
> > 15:63-64.
> >
> > >From the abstract:
> > New replacement names are proposed: Megapnosaurus Ivie, Slipinski and
> > Wegrzynowicz NEW REPLACEMENT NAME for Syntarsus Raath  1969
> > (Ceratosauria: Coelophysidae), not Syntarsus Fairmaire 1869 (Coleoptera:
> > Zopheridae: Colydiinae). This results in the new combinations
> > Megapnosaurus rhodesiensis (Raath 1961) NEW COMBINATION, Megapnosaurus
> > kayentakatae (Rowe 1989) NEW COMBINATION
> >
> Grummble grrrr grumble grumble...
> Ah, well.  So be it.  Too bad you did not choose a name derived from
> Syntarsus; for example, Syntarsosaurus or Syntarsoides.  (Or Mister:
> an old dinosaur list in-joke).
> I'll have to go check and see if we get that journal.  Incidentally, what
> the etymology of Megapnosaurus?
> Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
> Vertebrate Paleontologist
> Department of Geology Director, Earth, Life & Time Program
> University of Maryland College Park Scholars
> College Park, MD  20742
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