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Re: [...] Archaeopteryx 10

David Marjanovic wrote:

That was because von Meyer wrote a) in German and b) a paper about the feather -- in the last paragraph he goes like "oh, and a skeleton has just been discovered which could be called *Archaeopteryx*". It's all in the archives: von Meyer designated the London specimen, not the feather, the holotype.

Well, yes and no. There was no such thing as "holotypes" back then, and von Meyer hadn't actually seen the specimen when he coined the name _Archaeopteryx lithographica_. Thus, it's not clear if he was referring the skeleton to _Archaeopteryx_ (based on a feather), or was creating the genus for its reception.

Cheers, Tim

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