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Re: Odd nomenclatural sidenote for Europasaurus

On Wed, 07 Jun 2006 15:33:03 -0400 "Andrew A. Farke"
<andyfarke@hotmail.com> writes:

> In the Europasaurus paper's acknowledgements, the authors state that,
> "P.M.S. was responsible for the bone histology work presented as 
> part of
> this study.


These jokes just write themselves, don't they?

> The morphology, systematics and taphonomy of the new 
> sauropod
> was studied by the remaining authors, who are to be considered the 
> sole
> authors of the name Europasaurus holgeri gen. et sp. nov."

Not exactly the epitome of teamwork, eh?

> Or does the notation in the acknowledgements carry no 
> weight
> whatsoever?

It sounds like a personal conflict developed between the authors during
the preparation/review of the manuscript.  Regardless of whether their
comments carries weight or not with ICZN, it certainly was a petty thing
to write.

"Mr. Doody, I'll ask you one more time.  Are you now, or have you ever,
been a member of the Communist Party?  Yes or no, Mr. Doody!  You're not
so chatty when you don't have your "assistant" with you, are you?"--Sen.
Joseph McCarthy, trying to interrogate Howdy Doody, Senate subcommittee
hearing, 1954.