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Re: What's in a name?

In a message dated 97-08-17 08:18:38 EDT, franczak@ntplx.net (Brian Franczak)

> _Panthera leo_ is a lion in common parlance, and _Panthera tigris_ is a
>  tiger. Can we call _Velociraptor mongoliensis_ a raptor, and _Deinonychus
>  antirrhopus_ a raptor?

We can call _V. mongoliensis_ and _D. antirrhopus_ raptors in the same way we
can call _P. leo_ and _P. tigris_ cats.  "Raptor" appears to have evolved
into a family-level description more or less equivalent to the
Dromaeosauridae (or maybe to the Velociraptorinae--no one seems to use it for
_Dromaeosaurus_ or _Adasaurus_).