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Re: Coelurosaur Analysis Update featuring Buitreraptor

Jon Barber (augray@sympatico.ca)

<Has Czerkas made these pleas in print?>

  Not to my knowledge. The story goes that when his book, _Feathered Dinosaurs
and the Origin of Flight_ was published, it was dated on the publication
release something close to two weeks ahead of the actual notification of its
release and when the website
http://www.dinosaur-museum.org/featheredinosaurs/chapters.htm was put online,
which would have been the "public availability". No one received this book as a
purchase nor purchased it on the date the book is dated, suggesting to some
that when the book was released, immediately after the online publication of
the *Epidendrosaurus*, the date of the book was altered. Stephan and Sylvia
Czerkas have both released statements stating they did not ante-date the book
to make their name *Scansoriopteryx* a senior synonym of *Epidendrosaurus* and
have not, in fact, published any statement regarding their synonymy. Jerry
Harris has, in fact, been thourough in his research on this topic, and after
this post, http://dml.cmnh.org/2002Sep/msg00651.html , he published a comment,

  Harris, J. D. 2004. "Published works" in the Electronic Age: Recommended
    amendments to Articles 8 and 9 of the Code. _Bulletin of Zoological
    Nomenclature_ 61(3):138-148.

  One should also note that this doesn't invalidate the possible application of
the use of Scansoriopterygidae, used by Czerkas in Czerkas and Yuan for the
purpose of a "family" to contain *Scansoriopteryx*, so it's not like the name
will ruin the taxon if it's a junior synonym.


Jaime A. Headden

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

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