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Re: Sauropodz r kewl WAS: silly conversation on 2012 US presidential race
the finder gets to pick the name, as I understand it.
The describers do; they may or may not be the same people as the
finders. That's why species are often named after the finders (you can't
name a species after yourself).
> Just tack on a "saurus" or some such and everybody will think it is
> neat and scien-cy except maybe someone who speaks the obscure
Maybe we should, when we're converting everything to PhyloCode, we
should translate all fossil names and name all new finds (or just the
'name all new finds' part) in Esperanto. Give it another chance to be
a globe-spanning force for science and neutrality.
Changing the names of everything (...you can't take fossils out; many
surviving clades have a fossil record) would be utterly counterproductive.
(Besides, I agree with this assessment of Esperanto: