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RE: Pickering's nomina nuda (was RE: Rob Gay's print-on-demand publication of Kayentavenator elysiae
Michael Erickson <email@example.com> wrote:
> > maybe "A. lydekkeri huenensis" ?
> Wouldn't that imply a subspecies?
If it was indeed "Altispinax lydekkeri huenensis", yes. But in this case the
original species name was intentionally hyphenated ("Altispinax
lydekkeri-huenensis"). Further, at a later date Pickering realized his own
error, and subsequently emended the name to "Altispinax lydekkerhueneneorum".
But because all these names were/are nomina nuda, it's just re-arranging
deckchairs on the Titanic. None of these are actually real genera and/or
Pickering also changed "Elaphrosaurus philtippetensis" to "Elaphrosaurus
philtippetorum". (Ironically, if the former was a valid name, this change
would not be permitted under the Code.) So instead of Elaphrosaurus emanating
from Phil Tippet, the species was named in honor of more than one individual,
all named Phil Tippet. There are some people (e.g., Pickering) who should not
be allowed within a bull's roar of biological nomenclature.