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Re: Albertaceratops (simpson's bi-annual b*tch about dino naming)




<<Naming fossils after places also bears the danger that the names may not
fit for long. Think of *Seymouria sanjuanensis*, named after the place in
(...oops... Texas? New Mexico?) where it was first discovered -- later it
was found in Germany, too...>>

Ah... consider Protalphadon wahweapensis. Where is that from? the Wahweap Fm, 
UT? Well, yes it's from UT, but it's from the rather younger Kaiparowits Fm, 
UT, and is named for Wahweap Creek, presumably also where the Wahweap Fm gets 
its name. These things might not be so confusing if there were large geogrpahic 
or temporal differences between the Kaiparowits and Wahweap, but there isn't. 
I'd have chosen something less susceptible to misinterpretation.

D.






                
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