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Re: Sapeornis and other Mesozoic Birds

On 9/13/06, Roberto Takata <rmtakata@gmail.com> wrote:

> (And, actually, V. gryphus can't be preoccupied by anything, since > it's in Linnaeus 1758!)

(Mononychus was preoccupied by a beetle...)

My point is that nothing before Linnaeus 1758 is considered valid. No species published in that edition of Systema Naturae can be preoccupied.

I know it was just a discussion about principles - since not all
specifiers to be used in the PhyloCode definitions will be from

But yes, even in that case, the citation will clear it up.

And there will be cases of nomina nuda,

As with the ICZN, not useable. (Although you can use a specimen from an unnamed species.)

reticulated speciation,

Doesn't bear too much on clades.

I was not saying that PhyloCode will not have any utility - I agree
that it will be very useful. Just that - and it is an old argument -
that the intended stabilization is a kind of chimera.

One thing stabilized (definition) is better than nothing stabilized (traditional codes).

Now this really should move to http://phylonames.org/forum
T. Michael Keesey
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