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Re: names

Fabian Abu-Nasser (fabianabu_nasser@hotmail.com) wrote:
<Just a quick question is it
 a) ethical
 b) sensible
 to name a dinosaur after a person who gives money to support an
expedition? Or just plain gives money? I know in some fields (like
astronomy) there is the Star Registry which for a fee one can name a star
after anyone or anything they like. Is this a grey area- or can it/ has it
been done in paleontology?>

  This has been done quite extensively in paleontology. An example would
be *Bambiraptor*, raised on the Vert Paleo list, whose specific etymology
honors the Feinbergs, who supported Burnham's excavation and research
financially. One may contribute an honorific upon _anyone_ as long as one
designates who that person _is_ in the etymology. Several other taxa are
named after owners of land upon which the research is undertaken and can
thus be considered financially supportive, as in the Peebles family for
which the taxon *Maiasaura peeblesorum* is named for.

  Otherwise, the ICZN provides no restrictions on naming conventions
except that etymological protocol be followed:

  for a man, or male figure, end the name in -i. Example, *Saurolophus
osborni*, for H.F. Osborn, ancient and renowned figure in the late 1800's
and early 1900's (predominantly).
  for a woman, or female figure, end the name in -ae (pronounced the
same). Example, *Citipati osmolskae* or *Tarchia kielanae*, for Halzska
Osmólska and Zofia Kielan-Jaworowska, respectively, Polish paleontologists
and still going strong.
  for a group of which all nominates are female, end the name in -arum.
  for a group of which at least _one_ member is male, end the name in

  For no other provisions does the ICZN require naming conditions after
people. The specific name can be just the last name, the first, or both,
though conventionally it is the last; note that oriental peoples,
including Korean, Chinese, Japanese, and Mongolian, the first name is the
family name and should be used in stems: hence, Dong Zhi-ming becomes *C.
dongi*. Genera are usually coined with -ia following the persons first or
last name.

Jaime A. Headden

  Little steps are often the hardest to take.  We are too used to making leaps 
in the face of adversity, that a simple skip is so hard to do.  We should all 
learn to walk soft, walk small, see the world around us rather than zoom by it.

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