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RE: Dakotaraptor, new giant dromaeosaurid from Hell Creek Formation of South Dakota (free pdf)
I wonder what the conditions are for "extended loan"?
I would imagine that specimens on "permanent loan" meet the minimum ICZN
72.10. Value of name-bearing types. Holotypes, syntypes, lectotypes and
neotypes are the bearers of the scientific names of all nominal species-group
taxa (and indirectly of all animal taxa). They are the international standards
of reference that provide objectivity in zoological nomenclature and must be
cared for as such (see Recommendations 72D to 72F). They are to be held in
trust for science by the persons responsible for their safe keeping.
Recommendation 72D. Labelling of name-bearing types. Holotypes, syntypes,
lectotypes and neotypes should be labelled in a way that will unmistakably
denote their status.
Recommendation 72E. Publication of information on labels. An author who
designates a holotype, lectotype, neotype or syntypes should publish all
information that appears on the labels accompanying the specimens so as to
facilitate the future recognition of the specimens.
Recommendation 72F. Institutional responsibility. Every institution in which
name-bearing types are deposited should
72F.1 ensure that all are clearly marked so that they will be unmistakably
recognized as name-bearing types;
72F.2 take all necessary steps for their safe preservation;
72F.3 make them accessible for study;
72F.4 publish lists of name-bearing types in its possession or custody; and
72F.5 so far as possible, communicate information concerning name-bearing types
Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-DINOSAUR@usc.edu [mailto:owner-DINOSAUR@usc.edu] On Behalf Of
> Denver Fowler
> Sent: Friday, October 30, 2015 2:54 PM
> To: firstname.lastname@example.org; Dinosaur Mailing List
> Subject: Re: Dakotaraptor, new giant dromaeosaurid from Hell Creek Formation
> of South Dakota (free pdf)
> I might get banned for bringing this up.
> Does the holotype meet ICZN rules? It is not mentioned in the paper, but the
> specimen is on "extended loan" to Palm Beach Museum
> (which does not appear to actually have a collections facility).
> Is the holotpye therefore, commercially available?
> Correct if I am wrong, anyone who knows.
> See here:
> Denver Fowler
> Fowler Paleontology & Geology Consulting email@example.com
> From: Ben Creisler <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> To: email@example.com
> Sent: Friday, 30 October 2015, 12:32
> Subject: Dakotaraptor, new giant dromaeosaurid from Hell Creek Formation of
> South Dakota (free pdf)
> Ben Creisler
> A new paper in open access:
> Robert A. DePalma, David A. Burnham, Larry D. Martin†,Peter L. Larson
> and Robert T. Bakker (2015)
> The first giant raptor (Theropoda: Dromaeosauridae) from the Hell
> Creek Formation.
> Paleontological Contributions 14 (16 pp.)
> URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1808/18764
> ISSN: 1946-0279
> Most dromaeosaurids were small- to medium-sized cursorial, scansorial,
> and arboreal, sometimes volant predators, but a comparatively small
> percentage grew to gigantic proportions. Only two such giant “raptors”
> have been described from North America. Here, we describe a new giant
> dromaeosaurid, Dakotaraptor steini gen. et sp. nov., from the Hell
> Creek Formation of South Dakota. The discovery represents the first
> giant dromaeosaur from the Hell Creek Formation, and the most recent
> in the fossil record worldwide. A row of prominent ulnar papilli or
> “quill knobs” on the ulna is our first clear evidence for feather
> quills on a large dromaeosaurid forearm and impacts evolutionary
> reconstructions and functional morphology of such derived, typically
> flight-related features. The presence of this new predator expands our
> record of theropod diversity in latest Cretaceous Laramidia, and
> radically changes paleoecological reconstructions of the Hell Creek