Message 2003-07-0005: RE: Validity of *Tyrannosaurus stanwinstonorum* Pickering (1996)

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Date: Fri, 11 Jul 2003 20:17:43 -0700 (PDT)
From: "Jaime A. Headden" <>
Subject: RE: Validity of *Tyrannosaurus stanwinstonorum* Pickering (1996)

[Dr.] Tom Holtz ( wrote:

<The U.S. Code has no bearing on what constitutes *taxonomic* publication;
only a biological nomenclatorial body (such as the ICZN or the future
ICPN) has authority in such cases.>

  The reason I brought up the U.S. Code is because the ICZN does not
specify the nature of publication, just accepted publications and
unaccepted publications. It does not exclude the actual material Pickering
used. Whereas one can consider also the means by which these were
transmitted as being similar to newsletters, the ICZN does not
specifically exclude them. However, this is not really the main issue I
chose to bring up in my first post.

<Furthermore, there is a sort of community rules standard: if the
of scientists ignores an (in this case invalidly and inadvisedly proposed)
name, then it isn't used.>

  However, though Pickering's work does not constitute a professionally
accepted work and therefore its nomenclature is typically ignored, the
issue of Glut's accepted nomenclatural publication, with type, diagnosis,
and figure supplied, does apparently conform to the ICZN's standards, even
though the names were coined by another person. This is one reason why the
_vide_ appelation is used, to my knowledge. What I would like to know is
does Glut's publication count as a valid taxonomic work, and his use of
the nomenclature available or not?


Jaime A. Headden

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