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Re: Saurus plurals
At 07:12 PM 7/21/99 +0900, Raymond Thaddeus C. Ancog wrote:
>This does remind me, how come Horner chose _Maiasaura_ as opposed (and
>expected) to _Maiasaurus_? Is this a gender thing, or whatever?
Precisely. Horner wanted a feminine name for the "good mother lizard", so
he used "-saura" rather than the (more traditional) "-saurus". The "-saura"
suffix has now become something of a small tradition itself for ornithopods:
_Gasparinasaura_ and _Leaellynasaura_, as two examples.
Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
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