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Anatomical terminology

        Hello all!

        I know this isn't exactly dino-centric, but could someone please
review for me the logic behind the "new" anatomical direction terms
(cranial, rostral, and caudal). I have just used them for over 100 pages of
description, and I found them so cumbersome I am considering re-writing
every line of it with "anterior" and "posterior" for publication. The
rostrum, cranium, and caudum [sic?] are actually parts of tetrapod anatomy,
which can lead to severe confusion (e.g., does a rostral process refer to a
process contributing to the rostrum, or the anterior part of a cranial
bone... doesn't "caudal dorsal centrum" sound confusing?). Would someone
care to convince me otherwise, so that I don't have to go through justifying
my anachronistic practices to reviewers?

     Jonathan R. Wagner, Dept. of Geosciences, TTU, Lubbock, TX 79409-1053
  "Why do I sense we've picked up another pathetic lifeform?" - Obi-Wan Kenobi