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RE: Specific names

> From: owner-dinosaur@usc.edu [mailto:owner-dinosaur@usc.edu]On Behalf Of
> Jaime A. Headden
> <(Avimimus) portentosus>
>   "fortuitous bird mime"

In this case, "portentosus" is meant as "portent", as in "hinting at things
to come" (i.e., modern style birds).  Of course, it is hard for a
Maastrichtian dinosaur to be foreshadowing events which had already
happened... :-)

                Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
                Vertebrate Paleontologist
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