More on vernacular names

Paul van Rijckevorsel dipteryx at FREELER.NL
Sun Mar 6 22:50:22 CST 2005

From: Curtis Clark <jcclark-lists at EARTHLINK.NET>
> I Googled it. Brontosaurus is a junior subjective synonym of
Apatosaurus. The skull issue is unrelated--a famous specimen of
Bronosaurus (the type?) was displayed with a Camarasaurus skull, since
it lacked one of its own.

According to Google it is quite a cause célèbre, involving a postage stamp
and a book.

Still, the instability of scientific names is not primarily caused by types,
but rather by shifting taxon circumscriptions (not to mentions ideas about

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