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Re: Carnotaurus sastrei etymology

Roberto Takata (rmtakata@gmail.com) wrote:

<Hmmm, is that case, must not _Carnotaurus_ specific epithet be _sastreorum_?>

  I do not think so, as it is far past the Dec 31st, 1999 cut off date for the
3rd edition ICZN for correcting spellings (though I may be wrong as completely
erroneous spellings that cannot exist under Latin or Greek rules MUST be
corrected anyway under the 4th edition ICZN. However, Bonaparte has stated the
name honors the owner of the ranch, Doctor (or Don?) Angel Sastre, rather than
for the ranch itself (which would still be in the masculine personal plural, I
think, not a collective plural) or the two of them. I believe Don Sastre gave
the fossil to Bonaparte and the MACN, or sold it, as a token.


Jaime A. Headden

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

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