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RE: terminology

  If *Manospondylus* and *Manospondylus gigas* ever came up in 
contention for priority over *Tyrannosaurus* and *Tyrannosaurus rex* 
(respectively), you can bet your sweet [arse] that the governing bodies 
of appropriate appeal at the time (ICZN now, maybe PhyloCode as well 
down the road) will be petitioned to set aside the former two names to 
preserve the latter two. The other options available (to ignore as 
useless the former two names, or redesignation of a type specimen and 
thus reorganization of what the former two names refer to) are likely 
and unlikely (respectively) to be employed.


Jaime A. Headden
The Bite Stuff (site v2)

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> Date: Fri, 21 Jan 2011 01:24:39 -0600
> From: vultur-10@neo.tamu.edu
> To: dinosaur@usc.edu
> Subject: Re: terminology
> As for Manospondylus = Tyrannosaurus, the criteria seem to have been met -- 
> at least I can't find anything after 1901 treating Manospondylus as valid*, 
> and cetainly Tyrannosaurus has been used far more than 25 times in the past 
> 50 years -- but something needs to be published saying so, and it hasn't.
> *Edward Troxell's 1921 paper "The Nature of a Species in Paleontology, and a 
> New Kind of Type Specimen" comes close, since he recognizes Manospondylus = 
> Tyrannosaurus and that M. was first, but he seems to say that Tyrannosaurus 
> is the right name and that the principle of replacing names based on scrappy 
> bones with those based on good remains should be generally applied.
> William Miller
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Matthew Martyniuk" 
> To: "j falconnet" 
> Cc: "Dinosaur Mailing List" 
> Sent: Tuesday, January 18, 2011 6:22:06 PM GMT -06:00 US/Canada Central
> Subject: Re: terminology
> Just a nitpick (don't want to deviate too far from the topic),
> _Dynamosaurus_ was sunk in favor of _Tyrannosaurus_ when Osborn acted
> as first revisor and chose the later as the senior synonym, as
> required by the ICZN when two synonymous taxa are named in the same
> publication. If you meant _Manospondylus_, contrary to popular belief
> no ICZN action has ever been taken or requested, nor is the name a
> nomen oblitum under the current code. If _M. gigas_ is considered
> synonymous with _T. rex_, the former is the correct name. See my post
> on this here:
> http://dinogoss.blogspot.com/2010/09/what-is-nomen-oblitum-not-what-you.html
> Matt
> On Tue, Jan 18, 2011 at 11:25 PM, Jocelyn Falconnet
>  wrote:
> > Fortunately, you have three possibilities if you encounter a nomen
> > dubium threatening an old-established (='stable') taxonomy:
> > 1) request the deletion of this taxon to the ICZN (e.g.,
> > *Dynamosaurus*, *Rioarribasaurus colberti*)