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Re: Re: your mail



>Tom Holtz suggested that "avatar" is the word to fill in that blank.
>
>Perhaps "homomorph" would be more intuitive.  "Homoplast" would work,
>too, but doesn't sound as good.  Avatar really sounds strange to me.
>I'm not a Hindu.

Nevertheless, "avatar" is the word that the ecologists and paleoecologists
use.

(Of course, to some of us, the name reminds us of 'Captain Avatar', but
that's another story altogether...)

Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
Vertebrate Paleontologist     Webpage: http://www.geol.umd.edu
Dept. of Geology              Email:th81@umail.umd.edu
University of Maryland        Phone:301-405-4084
College Park, MD  20742       Fax:  301-314-9661