Nomen nudum

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The Velociraptor was originally described as, “Ovoraptor”:

Earlier that year, Osborn had mentioned the animal in a popular press article, under the name “Ovoraptor djadochtari” (not to be confused with the similarly named Oviraptor ).[13] However, because the name “Ovoraptor” was not published in a scientific journal or accompanied by a formal description, it is considered a nomen nudum (‘naked name’), and the name Velociraptor retains priority.

Reading Velociraptor - Wikipedia quasi-confirms my suspicion that animal taxonomies are not as solid as scientists have told me.

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