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Re: OH NO! NOT "RAPTORS" AGAIN!
---David Hill <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> Dear Brian (and lister)
> Now Come on Brian, This is hardly relivent. Am I corect in saying
> one cares what nick-names dinosaurs might have?
Language is power. It shapes our relationships. It's really
important. Names are a great example of that, and this is especially
true in (non-avian) dinosaurs; since we'll never see one alive, the
name carries a lot of the power of the animal as a once-living thing.
Example: The name Tyrannosaurus rex creates a vivid image when
translated, doesn't it? Heck, even the *sound* of the words is
intimidating. Imagine if a sauropod had been named Tyrannosaurus rex!
Example: I personally think of sauropods as get-the-hell-out-of-my-way
behemoths a lot like elephants are today, but many people think of
them as gentle giants. So, here's the same question again -- what if
a *sauropod* had been named Tyrannosaurus rex?
(Interestingly, a theropod and a sauropod have shared the same name
for a while at least once, I believe: _Epanterias_.)
Since I'm not a pro, I've kept out of these naming convention debates,
but I'll venture to say that the unwillingness of some to be
imaginative and descriptive in naming new species is a bit
disappointing to me. I mean, _Parasaurolophus_? Come on you
scientists, use that Latin and Greek you were forced to learn! On the
other hand, _Sinosauropteryx_ is a grand name, if a bit of a tongue
So I feel that we should discuss terminology -- it's healthy. Too
much discussion might *not* be healthy, it's true. But I'm distressed
to see people write "terminology doesn't matter. HERE'S what
matters." Let's give language it's due.
See what I mean?
> I'm begining to find this list to be a mere anoyance instead of a
I'm sorry to hear that. Try just sorting through what you don't like
and then enjoy what you do!
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