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Re: Lizard of Oz
Am I the only one who's a little bewildered by the heat being
generated by the name "Ozraptor"? "Oz", by the way (as I believe
Brian Choo spelled out in his first posting) is a colloquialism Australians
sometimes use for Australia. So don't get too giddy with images of
Beyond the Yellow Brick Road.
As for inappropriate dinosaur names, here's a few to get you started.
_Arrhinoceratops_ - "no-nose-horn face." It did indeed have a nasal
_Diceratops_ - "two-horned face." Like Triceratops, it probably had
three (the absence of a nasal horn is preservational, not real).
_Mussaurus_ - "mouse lizard." Sure, the hatchlings are small, but
adults were probably as big or bigger than _Plateosaurus_.
_Sarcolestes_ - "flesh-thief." Not a small carnivore as first
thought, but a docile plodding herbivorous ankylosaur.
_Vulcanodon_ - "volcano tooth." The volcanic bit is fine, but no
teeth are known for this sauropod - they belong to an unrelated
_Pararhabdodon_ - "near Rhabdodon", which, according to a Portuguese team,
is really a lambeosaurid.
_Protoavis_ - "first bird". Probably not even close.