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In my capacity as FAQ maintainer (remember that? :-), I've been sent a
question to which I don't know the answer at all. Can anyone help?
> Date: Thu, 28 Feb 2002 09:07:58 +0800
> From: "Saliya Cooray" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> Just wondering, are there any dinosaur names that have been rejected
> by the ICZN for reasons of taste and decency.
> As you know, 'Scrotum humanum' is a nomen oblitum for Megalosaurus,
> and a dinosaur was named 'Irritator', showing that there is a
> certain laxity to nomenclature nowadays.
> So if (for example)the people who described Tsintaosaurus had called
> it 'Phallocephalas' (dickhead) would that name be overruled for
> being too rude?
/o ) \/ Mike Taylor <email@example.com> www.miketaylor.org.uk
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