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Re: tiny-armed theropods

On Thu, Oct 13, 2011 at 5:34 AM, Matthew Martyniuk <martyniuk@gmail.com> wrote:
> Well, it seems patently absurd to us now. But in the 1960s when some
> scientists essentially unilaterally decided that the widely used name
> Deinodontidae was not based on a sufficient enough holotype to be
> worthy of priority, it may have seemed equally absurd to replace it
> with newcomer Tyrannosauridae as replacing Troodontidae with
> Stenonychosauridae would seem to us today, despite being identical
> situations.

I think you mean Saurornithoididae.

> As far as I know, PhyloCode has no mechanism to preserve this
> traditional practice of influential researchers arbitrarily replacing
> stable names with names that they like better. What's a paleontologist
> in 2100 to do if he suddenly gets the gut feeling that
> _Therizinosaurus_ is a poor holotype and that the group should
> obviously be called Nothronychidae?

Sarcasm, I take it?

T. Michael Keesey