Tag Archives: Nomenclature

An Oviraptorosaur Worth the Name?


The newest oviraptorosaur on the blog is, in fact, one of the oldest. Nick Longrich and colleagues (Ken Barnes, along with Scott Clark and Larry Millar from Paleo Field Excursions, who collect in the Big Bend area in which the … Continue reading

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Sereno’s Monster


Dr. Paul Sereno hasn’t published much in the last few years. Apparently the reason is because he just finished a monograph on Heterodontosauridae … a real monster at 225 pages. I haven’t the time to review this yet, but there’s … Continue reading

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“Taste” Versus “Science”


My recent discussion on the value of “originalism” has led to some interesting comments from respondents Mickey Mortimer and Mike Taylor. As I respect both of them, but disagree, I will post their comments in full below and respond to … Continue reading

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On Ceratops


Three things to note here: 1. Ceratops montanus is not complete, and is based on incomplete cranial remains that are considered unusable for further taxonomic purposes. It is, in short, a nomen dubium. 2. The word ceratops is a Latinized … Continue reading

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What – If Anything – is a Nomen Dubium?


Historically, taxonomy has been the playground of débutants and the workshop of balls-to-the-wall genetic systematics. It is the method by which names are applied to organisms, to distinguish concepts of how life can be categorized. We’ve seen different systems of … Continue reading

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