How much latitude do the namers of new dinosaurs have?

27th August 2002

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How much latitude do the describers of new dinosaur genera and species have? It seems as if practice varies considerably. While most species are given rather dry names, some names seem to verge on the downright frivolous - for example, Tianchisaurus nedegoapeferima, whose specific name is made up of fragments of the names of Jurassic Park cast members and other contributors, Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough, Bob Peck, Martin Ferrero, Ariana Richards and Joseph Mazzello.

Isn't there some kind of international standards bodies that has to pass names as acceptable?


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