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Re: New publication: Notes on Early Mesozoic Theropods by Robert Gay
Although "self-publication" sets my teeth on edge, it appears that Rob Gay is
at least endeavoring to meet ICZN standards.
In these kind of situations, a community standard usually applies: it will
remain to be seen whether paleontologists take the new name on board, and treat
it as a valid genus. George Olshevsky erected several new genera via
self-publication (e.g., _Becklespinax_, _Valdoraptor_), and despite some
reservations, these genera appear to have accreted into valid genera.
On the other hand, the valiant attempts by Stephan Pickering to erect several
new dinosaur genera in the 1990's were a failure. In a alarge part this was
because Pickering made no attempt to establish a public and permanent
scientific record. Pickering cited the peculiar rationale that if his 'work'
was placed in a 'public repository' it would allow it to be plagiarized.
Setting aside the irony of anybody actually *wanting* to plagiarize Pickering's
work (if you've read his work, you'll know what I mean), this precludes any of
Pickering's 'genera' from meeting the requirements of the ICZN. Hence, when
Benson erected a new genus (_Duriavenator_) for _Megalosaurus hesperis_ in
2008, there was no question of Pickering's proposed name ("Walkersaurus")
having priority. "Walkersaurus", like all of Pickering's names, is a nomen
nudum (e.g., see http://www.polychora.com/dinolist.html), and all have been
studiously ignored by paleontologists.
However, returning to Kayentavenator, if somebody attaches a different name to
the same type specimen, and Rob Gay asserts his name to be valid, then it will
be an issue for the ICZN to decide. Until then, it will be up to
paleontologists to decide for themselves whether or not to acknowledge
Kayentavenator as a valid genus. As Dan puts it: "If Lulu Press is a valid
outlet for nomenclatorial acts, then our lives have become immensely simpler."
I agree with Dan that it's perplexing that the description was not simply
re-submitted to a scientific journal, which would make Kayentavena
al perspective. This "self-publication" route is a can of worms. In a perfect
world, the ICZN would shut down this loop-hole entirely.
--- On Sat, 5/6/10, Dan Chure <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> From: Dan Chure <email@example.com>
> Subject: Re: New publication: Notes on Early Mesozoic Theropods by Robert Gay
> To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Cc: email@example.com
> Received: Saturday, 5 June, 2010, 9:36 PM
> Not meeting one of the requirements
> is not "a very minor technicality".Â Were the 5 hard
> copies deposited or not?Â If they were, what those
> > 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 purchase, and
> > 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 metâthe 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
> futureâfar surpassing the availability of many other high
ng 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.
> >> Dan
> >> 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.
> >>> http://www.lulu.com/product/item/notes-on-early-mesozoic-theropods/11028233
> >>> (download)
> >>> http://www.lulu.com/product/item/notes-on-early-mesozoic-theropods/11028232
> >>> (book)
> >>> 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
> southwest over 190 million years ago.
> >>> The new theropod is named _Kayentavenator
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