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Re: Early tetrapod Pederpes in new Nature issue

In a message dated 7/3/02 2:08:23 PM Pacific Daylight Time, bh480@scn.org writes:

Etymology. Pederpes, Peder after Peder Aspen, its
discoverer (Peder is the Norwegian form of Peter, which is
Greek for rock), and erpes (Greek for crawler)

*herpes*, actually, but the /h/ disappears after a voiced consonant.

that is, 'rock crawler' (Pederpes can also be split into Peder
and pes (foot), that is, 'rock foot').

Indeed, it's a triple pun, since it can also be split up into *ped-* (Latin for 'foot') and *herpes* (Greek for 'crawler'), to get 'foot crawler'.

--Nick P.