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Re: In Nomine Dinosauri
In a message dated 3/3/01 4:31:19 PM Eastern Standard Time,
> > Yeah, precedence in the literature. Mani- is the improper
> > stem, but it was established as of 1984 in Gauthier's PhD
> > thesis, and published in 1986 for the world to look at.
> [Supporting usage of the original spelling "Maniraptora" over the more
> correct "Manuraptora".]
The "mani-" part of Maniraptora is perfectly OK. It is regular in Latin for
an unaccented short -u- in a non-initial, non-final syllable to change to an
-i-. For instance, the dative/ablative plural of "manus" ("hand") is
"manibus", even though it consists of the stem "manu-" plus the ending "-bus".
The problem with Maniraptora is that it has a neuter ending on a masculine
stem. It should by Maniraptores, or it should be converted into an adjective
by the addition of an -i-: Maniraptoria.