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At 08:18 AM 6/16/98 PDT, James Sutton wrote:
>I suppose whoever named Sinosauropteryx was opting for the other
>-pteryx. I'm not sure, though. "Feather" makes more sense, in the
>Maybe yes, maybe no. I, along with many others, question the "feather"
>nature of these structures. An earlier post seemed to imply they were
>more like quills than feathers. It seems to me that the name may more
>reflect the psychology, beliefs, desires, and expectations of the namer
>than the structure of the animal.
Regardless of what you think about the structures, the author's (Ji & Ji)
DID think they were feathers, and indeed thought Sinosauropteryx was a bird!
As such, they may have thought to use "-pteryx" for "feather". (However, it
is more generally used for "wing" or "flipper").
P.S. I'm back. Will try to write up something about the Portuguese trip
when I get time.
Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
Vertebrate Paleontologist Webpage: http://www.geol.umd.edu
Dept. of Geology Email:firstname.lastname@example.org
University of Maryland Phone:301-405-4084
College Park, MD 20742 Fax: 301-314-9661