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Re: Details on Santanaraptor



In a message dated 9/8/00 6:09:22 AM Eastern Daylight Time, 
mickey_mortimer@email.msn.com writes:

> Santanaraptor Kellner 1999
>  S. placidus Kellner 1999
>  etymology- "Placido's Santana plunderer", Santana being the formation it 
was
>  found in and Placido Cidade Nuvens the founder of the Museo de Santana do
>  Cariri.

Oh, no!

I didn't realize before that that was the rationale for the species name.  If 
they had wanted to name the animal in honor of Placido, it should have been 
"_placidoi_"; or, if they wanted to get artsy, they could have used the 
genitive of the Latin version of the name: "_placidi_".  

But _Santanaraptor placidus_ means "placid (slow, peaceful) Santana snatcher"!

At least, that's how I read it...

Nick P.