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Re: Syntarsus says farewell...



But why, oh why, didn't the entomologists only INFORM paleontologists they
have to change the name of a dinosaur? Sometimes changing ONE letter is
enough. Maybe they're afraid it's again an insect name.

From: "T. Mike Keesey" <tmk@dinosauricon.com>


> On Fri, 1 Feb 2002, Thomas R. Holtz, Jr. wrote:
> > (snip)
> > A trio of entomologists have recently published a nomenclatural note
> > renaming the Early Jurassic coelophysid Megapnosaurus.  The etymology is
> > Greek megas (big), apnoos (dead), and sauros (lizard).
>
> Big??? Compared to a beetle, maybe ... what an awful name.
Agreed. AFAIK all dinosaurs except birds are dead...

Friendly - Luc J. "Aspidel" BAILLY.

>
> Stupid insects ... first _Mononychus_, then _Rahona_, now this! OOC, does
> this hold the record for the longest amount of time a preoccupied name for
> a fossil dinosaur has gone unnoticed? Certainly must rank up there....