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RE: Re-emergence of lost features
><Can anyone tell me the meaning of the root words phorus and rhaco?>
>*Rhaco* is combinative of *rhacus* or more properly, *rhakos*
>[*rhakhos*]. It's Greek for "spine" or "spike".
>*Phorus* from Greek *phorein* [*phorhein*] means "to bear" or
>as in Thyreophora, "shield bearers," the *phora* being a plural Latin
>form of the Greek.
>*Phorusrhacus*, the bird, thus equals "bearing spines" or "bearer of
>spines", and the frog, *Rhacophorus*, means "spine bearer", or
>the same as above - the difference is that one is Latinized Greek (the
>frog), the other is Greek rewritten into a Latin format without
>switching the terms (the bird).
Actually, Ameghino orginally thought that the lower mandible of the
original Phorusrhacus was the jaw of an edentate ( sloth ). The name,
following the purported lifestyle, actually means " branch ".
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