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essage dated 96-02-07 20:06:59 EST, sj@io.com (Steve Jackson) writes:

>Reference is made to "Dystylosaurus," a little-discussed giant sauropod
>known from fragmentary remains and named for a unique doubled structure in
>the vertebrae. (Gillette conjectures that the reason nobody talks about
>this dinosaur is that it does not have a neat name involving a
>superlative.)
>
>But why would the name begin "dy-" if it is in reference to something
>doubled? Shouldn't it be "di-" ?  George, help! "Dystylosaurus" sounds more
>like "badly-strutted lizard."
>
>

"dy-" is an acceptable variant of "di-." From Gr. "dyo," meaning "two."