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Re: various & sundry
At 10:53 AM 12/21/98 EST, Christian Kammerer wrote:
[concerning using "reptilian" in favor or "reptile"]
>I feel I must comment on two points, though, if "reptile" and
>"reptilian" carry the same cultural baggage, why not "carnivore" and
>"carnivoran"? Because less people care?
I think mostly because the word "carnivoran" had never been used before
mammalogists used it for "a member of Carnivora", while "reptilian" is a
word that has been used as a metaphor or adjective outside of biology.
>Now just use the phrase
>"buttload of shared derived characteristics" more in these reptile posts, and
>I'll be happy.
I'll try to, especially with some weird-ass new forms. :-)
Oh, a new paper or two, just in:
Carrano, M.T. 1998. Locomotion in non-avian dinosaurs: integrating data
from hindlimb kinematics, in vivo strains, and bone morphology.
(Matt also has a paper in press in Journal of Zoology, entitled "What, if
anything, is a cursor? Categories versus continua for determining locomotor
performance in dinosaurs and mammals" which I am REALLY looking forward to!).
Markwick, P.J. 1998. Crocodilian diversity in space and time: the role of
climate in paleoecology and its implication for understanding K/T
extinctions. Paleobiology 24(4):470-497.
Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
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