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Re: more (specific) dino collective nouns

You wrote...

>But in keeping with other scientific disciplines, in which famous
>scientists lend their names to units of measure (e.g. the hertz, the
>ampere, the newton, the sagan*), ...

In the mid 70s a leader in the study of nuclear magnetic resonance proposed
that if Hertz was the term used for cycles per second, then Avis should be
the appropriate term for radians per second (a unit of convenience in NMR).
The editors of the appropriate journal balked.

A few months later this author wrote an elegant paper on Proton Enhanced
Nuclear Induction Spectroscopy, which was referred to by its acronym.

An editor later remarked "You shudda let him have Avis."