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RE: Pantydraco and the worst dinosaur name



Rumor has it that Raath actually had come up with a replacement name, but
got scooped by the Megapnosaurus paper.

On Thu, March 10, 2011 6:42 pm, Jaime Headden wrote:
>
>   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.
>


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