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Re: Sauropodz r kewl WAS silly ramble



On Tue, Apr 17, 2012 at 2:15 PM, Anthony Docimo <keenir@hotmail.com> wrote:
>
>  How many times has the Hoatzin been moved from one group within Aves to 
> another group?  Yet the hoatzin (and other cases) haven't destroyed the 
> taxonomic system.

Did you know the hoatzin was originally described as a species of the
pheasant genus? That's right, the original name of the species was
"Phasianus hoazin". Once it was recognized as being something else, it
was given its own genus and therefore had to be renamed "Opisthocomus
hoazin".

And that's the point -- why should the name have to change if the
contents and definition haven't?

> Heck, Therizinosaurs used to be considered *turtles*  --  isn't that a bigger 
> taxonomic concern* than wether weiskopfae are Cedarosauruses or 
> Brachiosauruses?

Therizinosauria isn't a species and Testudines isn't a genus, so the
issue with binomial nomenclature doesn't apply here.

-- 
T. Michael Keesey
http://tmkeesey.net/