Actually I quite liked ‘Pantydraco’

I have before now had a pop at dire and unoriginal dinosaurian names (back on the old Mk. 1 musings), but it seems that my friend Adam Yates has come in for rather more flack than you might expect for his renaming of Thecodontosaurus caducus as Pantydraco caducus. Perhaps I am just more used to bits of the Welsh language, or it’s becuase I know the history of the name and the fossil, but still I am surpsised just how much this is disliked.

So too is Adam by the looks of things and he has mounted a defence of the name. Well, actually more like a list of excuses that it’s not his fault – it might be his paper, but not his name. Still it’s interesting to see a bit of what can go into coming up with new names. It’s also worth pointing out that while the first author of a paper has to shoulder responsibility for any problems or errors in his manuscript, he is rather by definition part of a team and did not actually write or come up with everyhting on the paper. Criticism for the name seems to be directed at Adam himself, when he is not even the first author on the paper or the originator of the name in question.

1 Response to “Actually I quite liked ‘Pantydraco’”

  1. 1 David Cannell 16/01/2009 at 12:20 pm

    I am in hysterics over this name.

    I present a dinosaur show at Questacon, a major science centre in Australia and am just oozing with anticipation on how the saturday morning visitor crowd will respond to Panydraco tomorrow morning. They were excited enough by Dracorex hogwartsia, but this will slay them.

    I may be late in noticing the tribulations of p. caducus, but the name only caught my eye as an update of dinosaurs added to a database.

    Yours delightedly

    David Cannell

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