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[I've gotten a couple more messages about _Bienotherium_, and although
they're largely redundant with what George wrote, I've decided to
lighten up a bit and send them along. I'm packaging them together,
though. My apologies to Tom for allowing this to appear to have come
only from John. Consider it my punishment for your having written to
dinosaur@lepomis... instead of firstname.lastname@example.org, Tim :-) -- MR ]
_Bienotherium_ (one n) is certainly not a dinosaur; it is a member of the
Tritylodontidae; known from the Lower Jurassic of Eastern Asia
(Mongolia/China I think). It is a cynodont (therapsid), very closely
related to the mammals. Cute little rodent-shrew-lizard-looking-guy.
_Biennotherium_ (two n's) is nothing I'm aware of.
John R. Hutchinson
Evolving Evolutionary Biologist
Department of Integrative Biology
3060 Valley Life Sciences Bldg.
University of California - Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720
Phone: (510) 643-2109
Fax: (510) 642-1822
--------and Tom Holtz wrote:
Bienotherium ynnanense is a Lower Jurassic Chinese tritylodontid
synapsid, one of the more 'ratty' advanced therapsids.
>[I don't know about the animal in question, but "therium" is usually
> translated as "beast", and (as Jeff said) is applied pretty much
> exclusively to mammals and their ilk. -- MR ]
Except in Theropoda.
Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
Vertebrate Paleontologist Webpage: http://www.geol.umd.edu
Dept. of Geology Email:email@example.com
University of Maryland Phone:301-405-4084
College Park, MD 20742 Fax: 301-314-9661
"There are some who call me... Tim."