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Steps taken to meet the requirements of the ICZN to make Darwinius masillae nomenclaturally available

Posted by PLOS_ONE_Group on 21 May 2009 at 22:24 GMT

I am the Managing Editor of PLoS ONE.

Regarding the requirements for making the name Darwinius masillae nomenclaturally available in the eyes of the ICZN, we have been in discussion Ellinor Michel (the ICZN Executive Secretary) and have additionally consultated with Richard L. Pyle (an ICZN Commissioner). They have advised us that by doing the following, we have met the ICZN code and therefore the name should be considered nomenclaturally available.

A print-run of fifty copies of the paper has been created on May 21st. The top sheet of each copy has the following text appended to the footer: “This document was produced by a method that assures numerous identical & durable copies, and those copies were simultaneously obtainable for the purpose of providing a public and permanent scientific record, in accordance with Article 8.1 of the International Code of Zoological Nomenclature. Date of publication: 21st May 2009”

Apart from this wording, these copies are identical to the electronic version that is freely available from our web site at:

These copies are now obtainable from our offices at 185 Berry Street, Suite 3100, San Francisco, CA 94107, USA. Anyone who requests a copy, and tenders a fee of $10 (towards the cost of postage and printing) will receive a copy.

Having made the printed copies available, we have been told by the individuals named above that we have conformed with the relevant ICZN codes. They have also indicated that the proposed resolution is an interim step, which should meet the requirements of the Code until a formal amendment is published within the next few years.

We are very grateful to the ICZN for their actions to resolve this matter.

Competing interests declared: I am the Managing Editor of PLoS ONE

RE: Steps taken to meet the requirements of the ICZN to make Darwinius masillae nomenclaturally available

JSZijlstra replied to PLOS_ONE_Group on 01 Jun 2009 at 08:02 GMT

Thank you for your response. Yes, I agree that this does address the issue under Article 8.1 of the ICZN (

No competing interests declared.