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Dear All,
Just a bit of gossip about Iratator. Did people know that it was going to
be called Pissedoffasaurus?  The referees wouldn't allow it (surprise
surprise).  The reason for this name is because the skull had been "messed
about" supposedly to improve it by the brazilian preparators (in the same
way they "improve" fossil fish by adding in extra sections to the body -
the best I have seen is a specimen with 13 dorsal fins!).  The
"improvement" took a long time to figure out and correct and irrated and
pissed off the researchers and hence the name. Who would have thought
etymology could be so much fun.
Dr. Paul G. Davis
Division of Vertebrate Palaeontology, National Science Museum, 3-23-1
Hyakunin-cho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 169, Japan.
e-mail davis@kahaku.go.jp
Tel + 81 3 3364 2311
Fax. + 81 3 3364 7104