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What goes into describing a new Species?

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PetrolPete

A couple weeks ago I met with a retired paleontologist that specializes in Pennsylvanian cephalopods. I showed him all my finds from a certain site here in NE Oklahoma and he was kind of surprised with what I had found (and wasn’t finding). There were a couple common goniatites and nautiloids, a few uncommon ones and five specimens of one type of goniatite he didn’t recognize. He checked his book and still couldn’t match a suture pattern and told me it may be an undescribed species. He noted down the pattern and said he was going to double check, but if it ends up being the case, he would potentially try and get it written up.

 

So, my question is, for those of you who have been through this before or do it for a living, what all does describing a new species entail? 

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DPS Ammonite

Did you show your cephalopods to Royal Mapes? 

 

To describe a new species you need to know all the rules, have access to all the papers and probably be an expert in the field. You also have to have access to a proper publisher that may ask for lots of money. Short of that, find an expert and co-write a paper. 

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Ramo

It will have to be described, and published in a scientific journal.  The paper will have to be reviewed by peers that also have a lot of knowledge about this type of organism.  It will then have to be catalogued and kept in an accredited location.  Most likely a museum.   

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Peat Burns

Pretty much everything you need to know about the process is in this book.  It's a very laborious task.

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sharkdoctor

Some thoughts from a previous thread:

 

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