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Re: Darwin's young dead pet from Messel



names like Darwinius, Maiacetus, Panphagia and Aerosteon

Oh, *Panphagia* was published in PLoS ONE, too? That's good, because it means the name can still be fixed. You see, it's an atrocity.


Meant to mean "everything-eater", it doesn't have the right suffix. -ia suggests an abstract noun, like "all-eatery" or something. That ending also makes the word feminine, which clashes with the masculine *protos*. Had it been validly published, we'd be stuck with all of this, even the gender mismatch because only Latin adjectives must fit according to the ICZN. This way there's still hope!