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Re: Santanaraptor

I think the use of "raptor" among dinosaurs began with Oviraptor,
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From: Thomas R. Holtz, Jr. <tholtz@geol.umd.edu>
To: <jodan99@uol.com.br>; <dinosaur@usc.edu>
Sent: Friday, July 28, 2000 12:44 PM
Subject: RE: Santanaraptor

> > From: owner-dinosaur@usc.edu [mailto:owner-dinosaur@usc.edu]On Behalf Of
> > João Simões Lopes Filho
> >
> > Santanaraptor means Raptor from Santana (Santana do Araripe,
> > place in Ceara,
> > Northeastern Brazil). Santana is a contracted form of Santa Ana, meaning
> > literally "Saint Ann".
> > What do you mean with "my Spanish"? We don't speak Spanish in Brazil...
> > devil bird would be Pajaro Diablo in Spanish; Passaro Diabo(or
> > Ave Diabo) in
> > Portuguese.
> Furthermore, the name "Santanaraptor" isn't in Spanish or in Portuguese;
> it's in Latin (or at least Neo-latin).
> "Raptor" doesn't mean "bird"; it is also (despite what some people think)
> not the formal name of the living birds of prey.  It is the Latin word for
> "theif, plunderer, snatcher, grabber, rapist, beseiger, etc."  It IS used
> semi-taxonomic, semi-ecomorphological terms for flying predatory birds
> within Falconiformes and Strigiformes that hunt from the air (e.g., hawks,
> eagles, falcons, kites, owls, but not secretary birds).  It is also a
> suffix for names of theropod dinosaurs and a few other fossil groups.
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