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Another mammal FAC...[edit]

But this one a little bigger than a mouse....just thought if you had a bit of time you might be interested. cheers, Cas Liber (talk · contribs) 14:02, 9 October 2014 (UTC)

Oh, interesting. I've looked into Paraceratherium taxonomy a little recently. From a very quick look the article looks good but I'll likely not have much time in the near future to review it. Ucucha (talk) 03:40, 10 October 2014 (UTC)

Slow loris[edit]

Good to see Slow loris on the Main page as TFA, - coming with a hidden message to slow down ;) - I love to see four names in a nomination, precious again --Gerda Arendt (talk) 06:48, 10 December 2014 (UTC)

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Eremoryzomys[edit]

I saw your comment in 2009 regarding Eremoryzomys. Both the IUCN and Encyclopedia of Life refer to the species as Gray Rice Rat. English Wikipedia for mammals refers to the common name whenever possible and practical. The name for Eremoryzomys should be moved to Gray Rice Rat?....Pvmoutside (talk) 13:34, 2 January 2015 (UTC)

This point was discussed in great detail a few years ago. In summary, the most common name for obscure animals like this is in fact the scientific name, in the sense that it is the name that most people who know about these animals will recognize and use. Names like "Gray Rice Rat" are primarily book names used only in compilations that feel the need to list a non-scientific name for every species. Ucucha (talk) 16:12, 3 January 2015 (UTC)

FAC and FAR coordinator proposal[edit]

Hi Ucucha, following the closure of the FAC and FAR coordinator proposal earlier today, I've removed your name from the FAC instructions and the @FAC template. This in no way prevents your return to the team if and when you feel you can contribute on a regular basis again. It was great working with you at FAC, and I hope we can do so again soon! Cheers, Ian Rose (talk) 09:47, 12 January 2015 (UTC)

Thanks, and sorry for not responding earlier—I felt like I had little to add without reviewing a lot more WT:FAC discussions than I had time for. Good luck running FAC! Ucucha (talk) 21:37, 18 January 2015 (UTC)

Vintana[edit]

Your wonderful article Mesozoic mammals of Madagascar is going to need a revision with the publication of Vintana. I'd gladly do it but I don't have a subscription to Nature, so at the the moment the best sources I've been able to find are a New York Times article and a segment of the TetZoo podcast... I'll check if I have access to the sources you cite about the "cat-sized mammal" (which I assume is Vintana) from my university. Anyway, thanks again for your great work and happy new year. JaneStillman (talk) 20:10, 16 January 2015 (UTC)

Thanks! I had read about Vintana but haven't had time to add it on Wikipedia. There is also a whole special issue of the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology dedicated to it.
Vintana is not in fact the "cat-sized mammal". That specimen was mentioned already in 2000 and consists of a skull and full skeleton, and Vintana was only discovered in 2010 and is a skull only. In one of the papers in the JVP special issue Krause says about the cat-sized mammal that "Description and analysis of this specimen has been delayed and complicated by a variety of factors, but now continues in earnest." Hopefully he'll get around to publishing it soon. Ucucha (talk) 21:35, 18 January 2015 (UTC)