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A Request for Assistance on a Subject Fantastical
Greetings one and all. I'm a man who likes dinosaurs, and who plays
the game Dungeons & Dragons. Among the creatures found in D&D is the
basilisk. Which is, in the game, an eight legged reptile which can
turn any into stone who look into the creature's eyes. I decided I
wanted a different sort of basilisk.
So I made it a dromæsaurid dinosaur, most closely related to the
deinonychids and velociraptors; falling somewhere between the two
groups. I also decided there would be three genera in the basilisk
(basilosaur) family. But, I could come up with only one genus name;
Basilosaurus, the Common Basilisk.
This is where you come in. I have two genera of basilisk, the
Songbird Basilisk and the Greater Basilisk that need genus names. I
also have 12 species of Songbird Basilisk, 7 species of Common
Basilisk, and 3 species of Greater Basilisk that need species names.
Since a fair number of you have practice with naming new genera and
species I'm hoping you could assist me in this project. You will
receive credit in my upcoming basilisk book (an electronic
publication) and a contributor's copy should you like one.
So far I have decided on 5 species, the rest are still up in the air.
There you have a chance to influence what sorts of basilisks get
written up. I have three species of Songbird Basilisk; the Wren,
Canary, and Sparrow. With two species of Common Basilisk,
Whitefield's Common Basilisk, and the Common Basilisk.
Please note that I will chose the genus and species names from those
submitted, though early submissions will take precedence. I will also
be making use of alternate names in order to give the whole thing an
air of scientific verisimilitude.
Think of this as a chance to exercise your imaginations and take a
(brief) break from reality. Have fun with it. I look forward to your