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Re: Deinonychus & Velocirapto...



In a message dated 95-09-19 23:22:58 EDT, Stang1996@aol.com writes:

>DSmith0531@aol.com
><<By the way, since I am utterly ignorant of Latin and Greek, what does
>"antirrhopus" mean?>>
>
>I think it means rear foot, but I'm not too too sure.  So the whole name
>_Deinonychus antirrhopus_ is the sentance "terrible claw (on the) rear
foot."
> If _Deinonychus_ and _Velociraptor_ are indeed synonymised, then the name
>makes no sense (oh well).  Please tell me if I'm wrong about the
>_antirrhopus_ translation.
>
>

Sorry, folks. Here it is, right from Ostrom 1969, the horse's mouth:
"_antirrhopus_ (Greek; masculine), counterbalancing, in reference to the
unusual adaptation of the caudal vertebrae."

G.O.