Paleonet: Priority question

Pierre & Peta Kruse archaeo.kruse at
Fri Dec 1 00:14:38 UTC 2017

'Page precedence' is mandated by the Code only in the case of the type
species of a genus not being fixed in the original publication (Art. 69).
Even then, it is proposed as a last resort, behind more cogent
considerations with a view to stability of nomenclature.
In your case, you are acting as First Reviser (Art. 24), and the choice is
entirely yours. But again, it is advisable to nominate the senior synonym
with a view to the stability and universality of nomenclature. All else
being equal, 'page precedence' is a common method of making the decision.

On 1 December 2017 at 10:17, Plotnick, Roy E <plotnick at> wrote:

> Taxonomic question.  Two species are named in the same paper. You decide
> to synonymize them. Which name, if either, has priority? Thanks – Roy
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