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

My only problem with it is there are now 3 sort of similar names
Arrhinoceratops, Anchiceratops and Albertaceratops - a bit like all the Aa-
services in the phone book....

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Sent: Tuesday, 20 February 2007 5:27 AM
To: ktdykes@arcor.de; david.marjanovic@gmx.at
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Subject: Re: Albertaceratops (simpson's bi-annual b*tch about dino naming)

Truly taxonomic names named after places have advantages. It might interest
locals into helping professionals with our science. Is there a little chest
beating by the inhabitants of the Province of Alberta.. 
ehh maybe. Such effort is warranted even if one more student is coaxed into
the sciences. Even tapping into the myths and legends of the local Native
Canadians would have its advantages, perhaps not now but who's to say about
the next generation. Heaven forbid we try to inspire

Thanks, Bill Wahl

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non-dinosaur stuff.
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-----Original Message-----
From: ktdykes@arcor.de
To: david.marjanovic@gmx.at
Cc: dinosaur@usc.edu
Sent: Mon, 19 Feb 2007 10:34 AM
Subject: Re: Albertaceratops (simpson's bi-annual b*tch about dino 

<<Naming fossils after places also bears the danger that the names may 
fit for long. Think of *Seymouria sanjuanensis*, named after the place 
(...oops... Texas? New Mexico?) where it was first discovered -- later 
was found in Germany, too...>>

Maybe, but names named after place names have their advantages. For
example, nobody can doubt roughly where the holotype of the
multibutberculate /Dakotamys/ came from. That name makes it obvious it 
found in Utah. Contrast this with Tedrow and Korth's far less clear (and
invalid) 1997 /"Dakotamys"/ (now known as /Dakotallomys/) which,
confusingly, came from South Dakota rather than Utah.
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