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Re: Foraminacephale gen. nov.

On 29 July 2011 12:42, Jose Ignacio Ruiz-Omeñaca <jigruiz@gmail.com> wrote:
> To avoid nomina nuda, I recommend to disclaim the new taxa made in a
> dissertation, by expliciting it in the printed volume, acording to the
> International Code of Zoological Nomenclature, Chapter 3, Article 8:
> 8.2 and 8.3
> http://www.nhm.ac.uk/hosted-sites/iczn/code/
> I made this in my PhD thesis

I'm never sure how I feel about this.  Even given that a dissertation,
however freely available and widely copied, does not count as
"published" for ICZN purposes, doesn't Schott's naming this animal in
a thesis and making it freely available at least constitute a good,
solid marker in the ground?  It's notice of intent to publish, and
should warn off anyone who had been considering naming the same
animal.  (Not that this helped, Heliocanthus, of course, but that was
an exceptional case.)

Really, what is the downside of putting a name out there as a nomen
nudum before formal publication?  I am not sure I can see one, other
than that it's "not done".  Which is not a particularly compelling

-- Mike.

> J. Ignacio
>> Note that this is a thesis, and this provided name is not technically 
>> published, or recognized otherwise by the ICZN. Just getting that out there.
>> Cheers,
>>  Jaime A. Headden
>>> via http://www.mesozoico.com.ar
>>> Schott, R.K. 2011. Ontogeny, diversity, and systematics of
>>> pachycephalosaur dinosaurs from the Belly River Group of Alberta.
>>> Master of Science thesis. Department of Ecology and Evolutionary
>>> Biology University of Toronto, 173 pp.
>>> https://tspace.library.utoronto.ca/handle/1807/27360
>>> Includes a new genus: Foraminacephale gen. nov., with a single species
>>> Foraminacephale brevis (Lambe 1918)
>>> -------------------------------------------
>>> Jose Ignacio Ruiz-Omenaca
>>> Museo del Jurasico de Asturias (MUJA)
>>> E-33328 Colunga, Spain
>>> www.dinoastur.com
>>> www.museojurasicoasturias.com
>>> www.aragosaurus.com
>>> -------------------------------------------