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Re: Brontosauria? Vote for Apatosauria!
Doesn't this mean that Atlantosauridae has priority? - even over
We should be using Podokesauridae and Podokesauroidea instead of
Coelophysidae and Coelophysoidea too. Megalosauroidea instead of
Spinosauroidea. Metriacanthosauridae instead of Sinraptoridae. But eh,
who are we to follow ICZN rules? ;)
Before 1961 it was OK to let family-group names disappear if their eponymous
genera were sunk in synonymy.
Was Megalosauroidea ever formally named as an ICZN taxon, complete with
If *Metriacanthosaurus* really turns out to be a sinraptorid, however...
Metriacanthosauridae might qualify as a nomen nudum (I don't have PDW here,
nor do I know if that particular work introduced the name), but if not, it
certainly has priority.
Fortunately the PhyloCode will erase this question. We'll just need a few
clicks to find out which of the names applicable to a clade has the lowest
registration number. This will also prevent a lot of synonyms from ever
being published in the first place.