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

On Sun, 18 Feb 2007, David Marjanovic wrote:
----- Original Message -----
From: "Anthony Docimo" <keenir@hotmail.com>
Sent: Sunday, February 18, 2007 1:35 AM

so...its better to be named after a mythical woman-monster,

If it looks like one... and except for the beak, it's close enough...

than it is to be named after a woman

Nope, a man, some Prince Albert or other.

Ah. AlbertInaCanatops ;)

and a province of Canada?

That's frankly boring.

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...

are we re-naming Albertasaurus too?

*Albertosaurus* is expressedly named after the man after whom the province is named. Therefore the o.

We're not renaming anything because we can't (ICZN, www.iczn.org). However, I still agree with Mickey.