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Sinovenator changiae (NOT changii)



From: Ben Creisler bh480@scn.org
Sinovenator changiae (NOT changii)

I haven't seen the Nature paper yet but the press release 
at (all one line):
http://www.fieldmuseum.org/museum_info/press/
press_sinovenator.htm 

states that the species name honors a woman. Therefore the 
species name needs to be emended to changiae (feminine 
gender).

Sinovenator changii is named after Dr. Meeman Chang, a 
leading Chinese paleontologist who spent more than a year 
time studying fossil fishes at The Field Museum on 
different occasions, most recently in 1998. 

?As head of the Beijing?s Institute of Vertebrate 
Paleontology and Paleoanthropology for many years, Dr. 
Chang has helped raise the standards for paleontological 
inquiry in China,? says Lance Grande, PhD, curator of 
fossil fishes at The Field Museum. ?She is dedicated to 
improving the quality and productivity of Beijing?s 
natural science institutions through training students, 
publishing, and improving collection and research 
facilities in China. She has also played an important role 
in making it easier for foreign paleontologists to work in 
China, thereby broadening the scope and importance of 
paleontological sciences there.?