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On the _Syntarsus_/_Megapnosaurus_ situation, Ben
Could someone possibly tell me what the best term to use is
for a general audience? I understand that the name
Syntarsus is invalidated, but it seems that the "joke"
Megapnosaurus name might have been rejected by
I am currently involved in a children's book on dinosaurs
and have been having the same problem. Firstly, as you
know most palaeontologists involved are not at all happy
about the way in which _Megapnosaurus_ was published,
especially seeing as the original author of _Syntarsus_ (the
theropod) was aware of the situation and was himself
planning to emend it. Despite what the authors of
_Megapnosaurus_ have said, it is clear that they
unfortunately didn't do sufficient research in tracing Mike
Raath (author of _Syntarsus_ the theropod).
Secondly, it is looking likely that the situation right now is
not the end of the story and that official procedures on the
name of the theropod are to go through the ICZN.
Thirdly, because most dinosaur workers are not happy with
this situation for the above reasons, there are plans to
deliberately avoid use of the name _Megapnosaurus_ in the
I therefore opted to follow Ben Creisler's advice and not use
_Megapnosaurus_, but to state or infer that use of the name
_Syntarsus_ for the theropod is presently pending review.
The best way to deal with this for a caption might be
"_Syntarsus_ (name currently pending revision) sp." or
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