I’ve said it elsewhere on this blog, on the Dinosaur Mailing List, to friends, and elsewhere. I am not interested in nomenclature, although I am interested in systematics. For me, the real fun is in functional morphology and evolutionary trends in diet. To this end, I am drawn away from explicit taxonomy and further towards applications of detailed functional anatomy. Despite this, there is ONE taxon I would like to name, and really only one (my ego would ask me to bow out of nomenclature in any paper I was partner to that would name a new taxon were I to get a shot at this one). And here it is:
This is GI 100/42 (also, IGM 100/42), and has been referred to by some as the Zamyn Kondt oviraptorid, as it derived from the Zamyn Kondt locality in Ömnögov Aimag, Mongolia. It’s the largest known oviraptorid, and the most famous. It is the typical image of Oviraptor philoceratops (due unfortunately to Barsbold’s 1976 referral of this specimen to that taxon), and the most enigmatic as it has only been described, in part, in a Russian publication.
Barsbold R. 1976. О новом позднемеловом семействе мелкиж теропрод (Oviraptoridae fam. n.) Монголий (A new Late Cretaceous family of small theropods (Oviraptoridae fam. n.) in Mongolia). Доклады Академии наук, СССР — Doklady Akadyemii nauk, S.S.S.R. 226:685-688. (in Russian)
Barsbold R. 1983. Жыщнйе динозаврй мела Монголий (Carnivorous dinosaurs from the Cretaceous of Mongolia). Трудй – Совместная Совестко-Монгольской Палеотологыческая Зкспедитсия — Joint Soviet-Mongolian Paleontological Expedition, Transactions 19:1-120. (in Russian, w/ English summary)