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Re: Compsognathus prima



>Some time ago Tom Holtz questioned whether _Compsognathus prima_
>was correct or whether _prima_ should be _primus_.  The generic
>name is a Latinized coinage from two Greek roots, _kompsos_/
>_kompse:_/_kompson_, an adjective meaning "nice," "refined,"
>"elegant," "dainty," etc., and _gnathos_, a feminine noun meaning
>"jaw."  I don't know if there is any general rule that a compound
>noun takes the gender of the final element, or if the coiner of the
>name indicated which gender this word should have, but there is
>certainly nothing in Greek or Latin grammar which would prevent
>Compsognathus from being a feminine noun.  (There are words in -os
>of all 3 genders in Greek, and words in -us of both masculine and
>feminine gender in Latin.)
>
>George Pesely, Austin Peay State Univ.   peselyg@apsu01.apsu.edu

        Other than Maiasaura and this creature, do any other dinos have
feminine names?

bruce

        "Dammit, Philbert; what kind of a lepidopterist are you?  For god's 
sake,
man; stand up to them!"