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RE: Pricesaurus = Anhanguera (Pterosauria) (free pdf)



This article is nice in reexamining an obscure taxon, but oddly cites ICZN 
Article 8.3 to defend making "Pricesaurus" a nomen nudum.  They say-

"“8.2. Publication may be disclaimed. A work that contains
a statement to the effect that it is not issued for public and
permanent scientific record, or for purposes of zoological
nomenclature, is not published within the meaning of the Code”
(International Code of Zoological Nomenclature, 1999).
Therefore, to be considered valid, a name must be
published in a vehicle that guarantees its permanence on the
scientific record and its public access, with names published in
meeting abstracts not being accepted for these reasons. Thus,
“Pricesaurus megalodon” shall be considered a nomen nudum."

Yet what actually matters is Article 9.9-

"What does not constitute published work. Notwithstanding the provisions of 
Article 8, none of the following constitutes published work within the meaning 
of the Code:
...
9.9. abstracts of articles, papers, posters, texts of lectures, and 
similar material when issued primarily to participants at meetings, 
symposia, colloquia or congresses."

So the authors are right, but for the wrong reason, or at least not the best 
reason.

Mickey Mortimer



> Date: Sat, 12 Jan 2013 08:32:22 -0800
> From: bcreisler@gmail.com
> To: dinosaur@usc.edu
> Subject: Pricesaurus = Anhanguera (Pterosauria) (free pdf)
> 
> From: Ben Creisler
> bcreisler@gmail.com
> 
> 
> The new issue of the open-access journal Revista Brasileira de
> Paleontologia is out online. A number of articles are about Cretaceous
> fish.
> 
> http://www.sbpbrasil.org/revista/edicoes/15_3/ing.html
> 
> One artcle is about pterosaurs:
> 
> Felipe Lima Pinheiro, Cesar Leandro Schultz, Rafael Gioia Martins-Neto
> & José Artur Ferreira Gomes de Andrade (2012)
> What is “Pricesaurus megalodon”? Reassessment of an enigmatic pterosaur.
> REVISTA BRASILEIRA DE PALEONTOLOGIA, 15 (3):262-272
> doi:10.4072/rbp.2012.3.03
> http://www.sbpbrasil.org/revista/edicoes/15_3/03_Pinheiro_et_al.pdf
> 
> 
> 
> T
n
> order to determine whether they constitute a distinct taxon of
> pterodactyloid pterosaur. After careful preparation and study, the
> material (rostral and middle parts of two probably distinct skulls)
> revealed affnities with the Anhangueridae, especially with the genus
> Anhanguera Campos & Kellner. The taxon “Pricesaurus megalodon” is
> considered here a nomen nudum for lacking distinctive diagnostic
> features and for being published in noncompliance with the standards
> of the International Code of Zoological Nomenclature.                         
>