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Re: The problem of informal names (was RE: "Ichabodcraniosaurus")
Mickey Mortimer (Mickey_Mortimer11@email.msn.com) wrote:
<Indeed. If "Gadolosaurus" (an incorrect translation of the cyrillic word
for hadrosaur) and "Elvisaurus" (an early, suggested name for
Cryolophosaurus) are included, "Ichabodcraniosaurus" sounds like fair
The word, translated roughly as "gadolozavr" or "-zavra" does not refer
to a generic title, I have seen this only used in lower case and where it
is in a genitive sense, as in "hadrosaur." Thus, it doesn't count as a
possible genus name.
Elvisaurus was used as a joke for the specimen, as much as "Sue" and
"Stan" are, and "Willo", which has appeared in print by Pennisi (2000),
for a specimen. Similarly, the name "Ichabodcraniosaurus" is a nickname
for a specimen, not an informal taxon, and does not apply to any taxon at
all, just the one GI specimen in Norell's curatorship.
Jaime A. Headden
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