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Re: Advances in Vertebrate Paleontology "Hen to Panta"

David Marjanovic (david.marjanovic@gmx.at) wrote:

<Oopsie. Is the one famous occurrence without h in a caption? Then the
above is wrong. But the 2nd phenomenon still kicks in: The _editor_ is the
author of the spelling with h, _not_ Currie et al.. "*Richardoestesia
gilmorei* anonymous vide Currie, Rigby & Sloan 1990".>

  Wrong. Sorry, but wrong. Even an inadverdent spelling by a printing
error is attributed to the author, such as through a lapsus calami, or
other form. As for the editorial origin of this name, _prove it_. David
previously stated that his state, using this same argument, had not been
refuted, but in fact it was ... by myself ... and by simple fact that,
without resorting to outside information, an "editor's fault" cannot be
determined. Using information within the publication, ALL but ONE instance
of the name possesses an "h," suggesting the erroneous element would be
the one without an "h" ... if one were to pic such up. This is what led to
Olshevsky revising it to include "h" in the first place, and this is the
OBVIOUS conclusion from others, UNTIL one hear's the horror story about
the "preferred" name after the fact of revising. One cannot use that data
to make the descision, and Olshevsky's "error" is a clear example of
virtually ANY one's opinion upon first seeing it. NOW ... if the original
author's had been allowed to revise the name themselves before George, it
is possible we would NOT be in this debacle, as much as Fraser et al. were
allowed to publish the correction to the *Agnostiphys* paper. David's
argument is moot, and Olshevsky's revisorship stands.


Jaime A. Headden

  Little steps are often the hardest to take.  We are too used to making leaps 
in the face of adversity, that a simple skip is so hard to do.  We should all 
learn to walk soft, walk small, see the world around us rather than zoom by it.

"Innocent, unbiased observation is a myth." --- P.B. Medawar (1969)

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