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Re: AW: The cladogram from the supp. inf. of the *Anchiornis* paper
David Marjanovic <email@example.com> wrote:
> I mean that the authors evidently think that 1)
> *Jeholornis* and *Shenzhouraptor* are synonyms, which
> appears highly likely to me, and 2) *Jeholornis* has
> priority, which is rather surprising as far as I can tell.
AFAIK, the first paper to formally sink _Shenzhouraptor_ into _Jeholornis_ was
Zhou and Zhang (2006):
"Two junior synonyms of _Jeholornis prima_ were proposed in the past based on
different specimens of _Jeholornis_. One is _Shenzhouraptor_ (Ji et al.,
2002b), published in the same month (July 2002) as _Jeholornis_, but the
Chinese Geological Science Bulletin that published the name is a monthly
journal, therefore _Jeholornis_, which was published in the weekly journal
Nature (25 July 2002), according to international nomenclature rule [sic],
clearly has the priority."
(The other junior synonym is _Jixiangornis orientalis_: "...but like
_Shenzhouraptor_, it possesses no obvious differences from _Jeholoris prima_.")
Zhou Z.-H. & Zhang F.-C. (2006). Mesozoic birds of China: a synoptic review.
Vertebrata PalAsiatica 44: 74-98.
I don't know if their assertion regarding weekly vs monthly publications has a
sound basis in the Code. In any case, the practice of regarding _Jeholornis_
as having priority over _Shenzhouraptor_ has been followed fairly consistently
in the literature.
> All these "long-tailed birds" (*Jixiangornis* and
> *Dalianraptor* included) need to be redescribed
Agreed. And _Yandangornis_ too.