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Colloquium in Honor of John McNeill

Skog, Judith [1].

What is and has been in a fossil name?

Naming plant fossils and reconstructing fossil plants are concepts that have often been confused and intermingled over the last 100 years. As a tribute to John McNeill who has been a part of many of the recent discussions, this talk will review some of the ups and downs of trying to get it right in a code of nomenclature that addresses all plants, fungi, and algae, and their fossil remains. During the first 50 years the naming of fossils was peripheral to the central code and operated through various references and addenda to the code. From 1959 onward, fossil names have been integrated into the main code, but not always clearly.Given the habit of plants to disperse parts while living and after death, paleobotanists have utilized various terms and names to distinguish these plant parts, while at the same time proposing reconstructions of a complete plant.Thus, taxonomy of fossils has also intruded into the code of nomenclature clouding the issues of naming plant fossils. Have we finally achieved the successful integration of plant fossil names into the nomenclature code?

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1 - George Mason University, Environ. Sci. and Policy, Occoquan 435, MNS 4D4, 10900 University Blvd, Manassas, VA, 20110, USA


Presentation Type: Symposium or Colloquium Presentation
Session: C3
Location: Delaware D/Hyatt
Date: Monday, July 9th, 2012
Time: 3:45 PM
Number: C3007
Abstract ID:112

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