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Bomburodon, a new name for the Paleocene mammal Bomburia Van Valen, 1978

  • Thomas E. Williamson (a1) and Thomas D. Carr (a2)


Van Valen (1978) provided the name Bomburia for an early Paleocene mammal (mioclaenid) from New Mexico. Christian F. Kammerer has kindly informed us that the name Bomburia Van Valen, 1978 (December), is the name of an extant hymenopteran, Bomburia Hedqvist, 1978 (July). We propose the new name Bomburodon (type species Ellipsodon priscus Matthew, 1937) as a replacement name for Bomburia. Bomburodon is named for Bombur, a fat dwarf in J. R. R. Tolkien's “The Hobbit” (1937) and “The Fellowship of the Ring” (1954–1955) and odon, tooth (Greek).



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Hedqvist, K.-J. 1978. A new subfamily and two new genera and species from the New World (Hymenoptera, Chalcidoidea: Pteromalidae). Entomologia Scandinavica, 9:135139.
Matthew, W. D. 1937. Paleocene faunas of the San Juan Basin, New Mexico. Transactions of the American Philosophical Society, 30:510.
Tolkien, J. R. R. 1937. The Hobbit: or There and Back Again. George Allen & Unwin, London, 310 p.
Tolkien, J. R. R. 1954–1955. The Lord of the Rings. George Allen & Unwin, London, 1191 p.
van Valen, L. 1978. The beginning of the age of mammals. Evolutionary Theory, 4:4680.


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