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Re: Archaeopterodactylus and Euornithes
Jaime A. Headden wrote:
Kellner is (intentionally) not following the ICZN mandate that -oidea be
stem applied to only superfamily-level taxa, and eschews conventional
hierarchies. His nomenclature is using the -oidea stem as a "the form of"
modifier to the previous stems.
This mandate could be bypassed by using the suffix "-oidia" or "-oida" or
"-odea", all of which effectively mean "the form of" but are not coordinated
with family-level taxa (and so do not come under the purview of the ICZN).
For example, the "-odea" suffix is commonly used for insect groups
(Blattodea, Mantodea, etc).
<Is this when the name Impennae was coined for penguins alone?>
Impennae, "featherless"? Bah.
Chilly Willy and I share your disgust!