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RE: Pantydraco and the worst dinosaur name
While some of the names mentioned are pretty bad, I think *Megapnosaurus*
takes the booby prize. There is so much that is insulting and _wrong_ about
that name that anything that attempts to redeem it fails.
While I [severely dislike] it, use is mandatory so long as authors recognize
*Coelophysis rhodesiensis* as a unique taxon from *Coelophysis*. Me, I think
just using *Coelophysis rhodesiensis* should be sufficient. "Syntarsides" or
"Syntarsipes" (names are not currently occupied) or something reminiscent of
the name could have been useful -- and may be necessary for *Syntarsus
kayentakatae* -- but not any longer, and so long as we apply any part of the
ICZN to nomenclatural priority, the hypocrisy of not doing so for
*rhodesiensis* should gall the author. Shame on them.
Jaime A. Headden
The Bite Stuff (site v2)
"Innocent, unbiased observation is a myth." --- P.B. Medawar (1969)
"Ever since man first left his cave and met a stranger with a
different language and a new way of looking at things, the human race
has had a dream: to kill him, so we don't have to learn his language or
his new way of looking at things." --- Zapp Brannigan (Beast With a Billion
> Date: Thu, 10 Mar 2011 15:05:40 -0800
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> Subject: Re: Pantydraco and the worst dinosaur name
> There was an opportunity to use Gasosaurus in a show I'm on. I just couldn't
> bring myself to do it.
> The mention of name makes people make flatulence noises and giggle like a 5
> year old.
> On Mar 10, 2011, at 1:17 PM, David Orr wrote:
> > Futalognkosaurus. Just fugly.
> > David
> > --
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> > On Thu, Mar 10, 2011 at 4:06 PM, Brad McFeeters
> > wrote:
> >> The worst dinosaur name is obviously *Megapnosaurus*, which is apparently
> >> so distasteful that hardly anyone uses it. Or did I just miss the
> >> announcement that *Syntarsus* was never preoccupied after all? (Tykoski &
> >> Rowe 2004 list *Megapnosaurus* as a junior synonym of *Syntarsus*, then
> >> proceed to use *Syntarsus* for the rest of the chapter... Carrano &
> >> Sampson 2008 use *Syntarsus* exclusively, without comment... ???)
> >> *Pantydraco* at least has a cooler name than its close relative
> >> *Ignavusaurus,* the "coward lizard."
> >> ----------------------------------------
> >>> Date: Thu, 10 Mar 2011 10:13:37 -0700
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> >>> Subject: Re: Pantydraco anatomy described (free pdf)
> >>> On Wed, 9 Mar 2011, David Krentz wrote:
> >>>> Pantydraco.
> >>>> Could be the worst dinosaur name ever.
> >>> Hmmm. I smell a thread coming up.
> >>> Worst names list?