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Re: Nomum Indecorum

On Thu, 28 Feb 2002, Mike Taylor wrote:

> > 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.

Apparently _Scrotum humanum_ was never intended as a scientific binomen,
just a descriptive phrase.

> > So if (for example)the people who described Tsintaosaurus had called
> > it 'Phallocephalas' (dickhead) would that name be overruled for
> > being too rude?

IIRC, there's a mushroom called _Phallus impudicus_, so....

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