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RE: New names in dissertations
Brad McFeeters wrote:
> If your dissertation name
> isn't "real," it means that this unsuspecting
> grad student now has the credit for naming the taxon.>
> Has this ever actually happened to a real taxon?
A similar thing happened with the name _Ultrasaurus_. A Korean scientist (Kim)
inadvertently erected the genus _Ultrasaurus_ in 1983, when he named _U.
tabriensis_. Apparently Kim was under the misapprehension that the genus
_Ultrasaurus_ had already been erected by Jensen. But although Jensen's
"Ultrasaurus" was circulating through the popular media (and the scientific
literature too, to a lesser degree), Jensen had not yet officially described
his new genus "Ultrasaurus". By the time Jensen did get around to naming
_Ultrasaurus macintoshi_ (1985) (the intended type species for _Ultrasaurus_
Jensen), _Ultrasaurus_ had already been named by Kim.
Kim's _Ultrasaurus_ is a nomen dubium, and Jensen's _Ultrasaurus_ is a
subjective junior synonym of _Supersaurus_. So this nomenclatural issue has
faded into oblivion.