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Re: Compsognathus prima
In a message dated 97-03-06 03:01:36 EST, email@example.com (bruce
<< Other than Maiasaura and this creature, do any other dinos have
feminine names? >>
As many as 5 percent of all dinosaur names are feminine (say about 40 or so,
although I haven't actually counted them). As I noted in a previous post,
_Compsognathus_ is not feminine, although _Sinosauropteryx_ is. Less obvious
feminine names include _Ornithopsis_ and _Acanthopholis_. The most frequent
type of feminine name seems to be that ending in -ia, such as _Galtonia_,
_Avalonia_, and _Camelotia_. There are even neuter names, such as
_Fulgurotherium_. I believe dinosaur-name genders are listed in Ben
Creisler's pages at Jeff Poling's Dinosauria web site.
Theoretically, all _-ceratops_ names are feminine, too, but somewhere along
the line the ICZN decided by fiat that these should be masculine. Don't have
the details handy.