[Date Prev][Date Next][Thread Prev][Thread Next][Date Index][Thread Index][Subject Index][Author Index]

Re: Arambourgiania citation

The taxon _Arambourgiania_ was used by Nessov & Jarkov (1989) to replace _Titanopteryx_ according to Martill et al. (1998). Maybe your Nessov & Borkin (1989) should really by Nessov & Jarkov (1989). References below:

Nessov, L.A. & Jarkov, A.A., 1989. New Cretaceous-Paleogene birds of the USSR and some remarks on the origin and evolution of the class Aves. Proc. Zoological Inst., Leningrad, USSR Acad. Sci., v. 197, p. 78-97. (in Russian).

This paper only parenthetically refers to the issue (p. 85; again in Russian so I don't know what is says verbatim) while apparently discussing the provenance of & associated taxa found with _Volgavis_, but it does use "_Arambougiania_ Ness.," implying that the name was erected by Nessov _prior_ to Nessov & Jarkov 1989. The only way I could see Nessov & Jarkov being the proper first use of the name would be if the mystery Nessov paper were submitted well in advance of Nessov & Jarkov '89 but, for whatever reasons, was held up in publication until _after_ the 1989 paper came out. Possible, but since the one or two 1987 papers I mentioned in the earlier message are also cited elsewhere, it seems that the name does predate Nessov & Jarkov 1989.

Martill et al cite the Nessov & Jarkov 1989 paper as indicating that the preoccupation of _Titanopteryx_ was noted by them in that paper, citing Zherikin, but that must have been a personal communication because no Zherikin paper is cited by either Nessov & Jarkov or by Martill et al.

Jerry D. Harris
Director of Paleontology
Dixie State College
Science Building
225 South 700 East
St. George, UT  84770   USA
Phone: (435) 652-7758
Fax: (435) 656-4022
E-mail: jharris@dixie.edu
and     dinogami@gmail.com

"Trying to estimate the divergence times
of fungal, algal or prokaryotic groups on
the basis of a partial reptilian fossil and
protein sequences from mice and humans
is like trying to decipher Demotic Egyptian with
the help of an odometer and the Oxford
English Dictionary."
-- D. Graur & W. Martin (_Trends
in Genetics_ 20[2], 2004)