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Erroneous Emendation of Generic Names

Raymond C. Moore, J. Marvin Weller and J. Brookes Knight
Journal of Paleontology
Vol. 16, No. 2 (Mar., 1942), pp. 250-261
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1298828
Page Count: 12
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Abstract

The commonly accepted orthography for many generic names of fossils differs from that which was published originally. Also, some generic names have two or more variant spellings that are currently employed by paleontologists. This paper undertakes to analyze and interpret portions of the International Rules of Zoological Nomenclature and published Opinions of the International Commission that bear on the emendation of generic names. Several examples of changes in the spelling of names of genera are considered and the conclusion is reached that only in very clear-cut and exceptional cases, as provided in the Rules, is any modification of the original published form of a generic name justified. Stability and uniformity in nomenclature is a primary objective of the Rules, and this calls for strict adherence to rather narrowly interpreted injunctions of the Rules pertaining to emendation of names.

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