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RE: New names in dissertations
Tim Williams writes:
> 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.
I've heard this story a couple of times; but Curtice et al. (1996:87)
have a less amusing version: "In 1983, apparently unaware of Jensen's
use of the informal name Ultrasaurus, Kim described a putative neural
spine and a very large proximal ulna from Korea, and he formally named
it _Ultrasaurus tabriensis_."
Still, whichever version is true, you'd think I of all people would
have been aware of your version of that story, which answers my
original question. Thanks to you and to Andy.
/o ) \/ Mike Taylor <email@example.com> http://www.miketaylor.org.uk
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