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The problem of informal names (was RE: "Ichabodcraniosaurus")
> From: email@example.com [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]On Behalf Of
> David Marjanovic
> > > << "Ichabodcraniosaurus" Novacek 1996 >>
> > >
> > > This name has been published??? Citation, please!
> > As said by David Marjanovic back in October 2000-
> > ""Ichabodcraniosaurus" (LK Mongolia, only mentioned in _Michael Novacek:
> > Dinosaurs of the Flaming Cliffs, Anchor Books 1996_ ...)"
> > http://www.cmnh.org/fun/dinosaur-archive/2000Oct/msg00180.html
> This post and the following ones are in Unicode (UTF-8). I still haven't
> seen "Ichabodcraniosaurus" anywhere else (Norell, 2001 is in the Ostrom
> Symposium Volume, isn't it?); I've found an action policeman Ichabod Crane
> in a TV program meanwhile, though.
Would people PLEASE appreciate the difference between a goofy field or lab
nickname for a specimen and a seriously proposed new taxon name?
Here is the quote from Novacek (1994. Dinosaurs of the Flaming Cliffs),
immediately after the discovery of a beautiful dromaeosaur skeleton which AT
NO POINT IN THAT TEXT IS CLAIMED TO BE A NEW TAXON:
"It lacked a precious head. Although Mark was understandably upset, it was
still an important find. Informally called "_Ichabodcraniosaurus_," the
skeleton remains under investigation in New York to this day."
As Mickey Mortimer pointed out, it differs in coding from other
_Velociraptor_ specimens by a single character in the Norell et al. (2001)
Norell & company have yet to formally name this creature (and I agree with
Mickey: if it isn't just individual variation within _V. mongoliensis_, than
a whole new genus might really not be appropriate). Maybe they will go with
"Ichabodcarniosaurus", maybe something else. Until then, that name is no
more a taxon name than is "Dave".
Incidentally, for people not familiar with the reference: Ichabod Crane was
the name of the school teacher "haunted" by the Headless Horseman in the
Washington Irving short story "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow":
http://www.bri-dge.com/short_takes/short24.html. The recent movie "Sleepy
Hollow" transformed him into a police investigator.
Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
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