Given that information, my point is that modern workers, increasingly so in the age of phylogenetic nomenclature, treat genera and species as the same kind of thing as families, orders or any other 'higher' group. So philosophically it doesn't make sense to treat them differently grammatically in English, even if the words are different kinds in Latin. That's the whole reason we have plural forms like tyrannosaurids or archontans. Saves space and repetition to use "Tyrannosauridae" for the singular concept and "tyrannosaurids" for the plural members than to use "the group Tyrannosauridae" and "Tyrannosauridae" for those, respectively. I think this is a case where language has evolved to more logically and succinctly express meaning, which seems far more useful to me than sticking to Latin rules. Plus, the war's been lost already based on a quick perusal of recent papers... ð
But I'm also a near-millennial who never learned Latin and would make the same argument regarding e.g. changing species names to match the gender of the genus, when being able to search for a name consistently on a computer is more useful.
From: Ben Creisler <email@example.com>
Sent: Wednesday, January 3, 2018 12:44 AM
To: Mickey Mortimer; firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject: Re: [dinosaur] Puzzles and Perils of the Prefix Eu "Good": from Eubontes to Euarchontaglires
A genus and a species would be singular, both individually and in combination (Tyrannosaurus is..., Tyrannosaurus rex is...). Technically, anything above a genus needs to be plural UNLESS it's qualified with a singular, which case it can be singular. So "the Tyrannosauridae are..." but "the family Tyrannosauridae is..." or "the clade Tyrannosauridae is..." However, it's common to see "The Tyrannosauridae was a family of theropod dinosaurs...."
Things get a little complicated in some older texts where a genus was sometimes treated as plural... I'd need to do a bit of research to find some examples, though.
On Wed, Jan 3, 2018 at 12:06 AM, Mickey Mortimer <email@example.com> wrote: