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Re: Megapnosaurus, Geosternbergia, and ethics
I'm not going to comment on the "ethics" of this (we may not know all
the facts anyway). It would probably have been much better if Raath had
been informed (I guess that we are assuming that he was not, but has this
Several years after _Sternbergia_ (a genus or subgenus of pterosaur)
had been named (by a Dr. Miller), I discovered that it was preoccupied and
contacted him immediately. We then discovered it was actually doubly
preoccupied. To make a long story short, Miller renamed his pterosaur
Geosternbergia, and I got mentioned in the paper, and everybody was happy.
That is the best way to handle such things. This was back in my college
days, but I was already deeply into ICZN stuff.
But it's too late to cry excessively over spilt milk in the Syntarsus
case, and as Tom Holtz indicated, what's done is done. But hopefully this
will help deter this from happening in the future (again, assuming Raath was
not actually notified).
----- Cheers, Ken
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