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Re: Re: DEFENSIVE RINGS AGAIN
On Mon, 22 Jan 1996, JCMcL wrote:
> > CARNIVORA?!?!? Since when did any ceratopsian have to deal with the
> > Carnivora? These johnny-come-lately theropod wannabes weren't much of a
> > threat in the Mesozoic...
> > Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
> Maybe Thos. here thinks by "carnivora" that I mean the mammalian order
> Carnivora, a Meateater-with-a-proper-name, as opposed to the generalized
> "meat-eater" with a lower-case c.
> I meant a meat-eater with a lower-case c, which in upper Mesozoic times
> would be a theropod of some sort, rather than a cat, dog, hyaenid, etc.
> If one uses a capital C here, one means a mammalian meat-eater of a
> certain order.
> There were no such animals in the Mesozoic, but there were plenty of very
> efficient carnivora, believe you me!
Then how about using the more general "carnivores?" (also better Latin)
"Carnivora," even with a small "c," refers to mammalian carnivores with
carnassial teeth (all descendants of the last common ancestor of Tom and
Fido, for all you cladist types). With a small "c," it refers to
individual members of the order, while with a big "c" it refers to the
order as a whole.
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