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-o- vs. -a- (was Re: Millennium)

In a message dated 10/16/99 8:02:31 PM Pacific Daylight Time, 
martin.barnett3@virgin.net writes:

> Sorry, I'm a little unclear about this - so hypothetically there could be a
>  Sinornithosaurus Millenii and a Sinornithasaurus Millenii concurrently

Of course.  They would have different etymologies and mean different things:

Sinornithosaurus: Chinese bird-lizard;
Sinornithasaurus: Chinese bird without a lizard (or something like that).

--Nick P.