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Re: New publication: Notes on Early Mesozoic Theropods by Robert Gay
According to the ICZN:
8.1. Criteria to be met. A work must satisfy the following criteria:
8.1.1. it must be issued for the purpose of providing a public and
permanent scientific record,
8.1.2. it must be obtainable, when first issued, free of charge or by
8.1.3. it must have been produced in an edition containing
simultaneously obtainable copies by a method that assures numerous
identical and durable copies.
8.6. Works produced after 1999 by a method that does not employ printing
on paper. For a work produced after 1999 by a method other than printing
on paper to be accepted as published within the meaning of the Code, it
must contain a statement that copies (in the form in which it is
published) have been deposited in at least 5 major publicly accessible
libraries which are identified by name in the work itself.
From Gay, R. 2010.
"Those that are concerned about the naming of a new genus in this format
should not be. The availability and distribution requirements are more
than met—the relevant institutions have received a copy for their
records. In addition "Notes on Early Mesozoic Theropods" will remain
available to all who wish to purchase it online, as well as those stores
that chose to carry it, for the foreseeable future—far surpassing the
availability of many other high profile publications to those anywhere
on the globe."
According to this 8.1.1, 8.1.2, and 8.1.3 are all fulfilled. The only
criterion not fulfilled is 8.6, and its due to a very minor
technicality; nowhere in this work are the "5 major publicly accessible
libraries" where the hard copies are deposited named. I don't think that
on-demand self publishing necessarily violates 8.1.3, on some contitions
it might be, but a publication service such as Lulu ensures that
multiple individuals can order and obtain "numerous identical and
durable copies" at the same time.
On 5/6/10 18:49, Dan Chure wrote:
I have checked the website and Lulu clearly describes itself as a
"Self Publishing" business and one that publishes on demand. So it
would appear that Kayentavenatoir is not a valid taxon.
Brad McFeeters wrote:
I'm not sure if Rob is a member of this list, but the book seems to
have been published for a few days now, so I'll go ahead and share this.
Summary: Notes on Early Mesozoic Theropods contains two papers on the
poorly studied late Triassic and early Jurassic theropod dinosaur
fauna of North America.
The author discusses the evidence that has been used to support
cannibalism hypothesis in the late Triassic dinosaur Coelophysis, and
presents new evidence that disproves this commonly cited hypothesis.
In the second paper, the author names a new genus and species of
theropod dinosaur from the early Jurassic Kayenta Formation of
Arizona. The new taxon represents the oldest yet-known example of a
Tetanuran theropod in North America.
For those interested in the paleontological history of the American
southwest or the early evolutionary history of this interesting clade of
dinosaurs, Notes on Early Mesozoic Theropods adds more information to
the emerging picture of life in the southwest over 190 million years
The new theropod is named _Kayentavenator elysiae_.
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