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RE: The Dinosauria 2nd Ed. - New and Excluded Theropoda

Tim Williams (twilliams_alpha@hotmail.com) wrote:

<This would also mean that Barsbold named this genus in his own honor!>

  This is why, to qualify as a valid taxon, they have to provide
substantive etymology, diagnosis, etc. Barsbold has communicated that the
name does not honor himself but his father, whose "impersonal" name is
Rinchen (rather than the western convention in which the parental name is
inherited), but you wouldn't get this from his publications, and has used
the name in quotes ever since the 1997 publication (which itself using 3rd
Edition ICZN valid at the time), which does _not_ qualify as a valid name.
The most substantive agreement with the ICZN would then be Osmólska,
Currie, and Barsold (2004), in which Barsbold was certainly aware of the
treatment of the taxon. While Barsbold (1997) is responsible for coining
the name, it was as a nomen nudum, and does not qualify for priority under
the ICZN (either 3rd or 4th editions).


Jaime A. Headden

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