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Re: Pinching arctus (was RE: Noasaurids (Re: Late Triassic Footprints with Reversed Hallux))

I'd give a lot of money to see some consonant-laden mouthful enter the
literature such as 'enantiarctometatarsalian' or as suggested,
'ectarctometatarsalian'.  Been mulling how to make a triple of it, such as
perhaps the variably constricted [?] case of 'mictectarctometatarsalian'
condition.  What this discipline needs is more affixes.... :)

Glad that you chose the graceful and descriptive arcto- over your other options


Jeffrey Alan Bartlett
Graduate Student in Paleoecology
Assistant to the Director
Center for the Exploration of the Dinosaurian World
North Carolina State University | North Carolina State Museum of Natural

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"Thomas R. Holtz, Jr." wrote:

> > From: Jaime A. Headden [mailto:qilongia@yahoo.com]
> >
> > Mike Keesey (keesey@bigfoot.com and mightyodinn@yahoo.com) wrote:
> >
> > <There has got to be a better word for that. What's the opposite of
> > "arcto-" ("pinched")?>
> >
> >   Well, actually ... _arctos_ or the Latin version _arctus_ does not mean
> > pinched, that's _urgeo_ (to pinch); the word means more close to being
> > closed off or narrowed, but it is the general idea. Sorry.
> Well, sorry again, as the "arctus" in "arctometatarsalian" is not a cognate
> with the Greek "arktos" (bear; hence the Arctic as Land of the Bear) (which
> does, of course, enter Latin as "arctus").
> The "arctus" used in "arctometatarsalian" is a variant of the Latin word
> "artus": tight, confined; "artare", to compress.  Even more specifically, it
> was drawn from a word already present in zoology and anatomy: "coarctate"
> meaning "constricted, narrowed, or compressed, as a segment of a blood
> vessel".
> The two Latin "arctus" words are homonyms, but not synonyms.
> An aside: I had toyed with an idea of using "fascis" (a tight bundle) as a
> root for the name of the structure, but this would have lead to the
> unpleasant idea of fascist dinosaurs...
> >   [on "antiarctometatarsalian" ... as put, a mouth full]
> Actually, there is an old pun that came up in a correspondence with (I
> believe) Jim Farlow back in the mid 1990s.  Somehow the idea that if
> artcometatarsalians were common in the the Northern Hemisphere of the
> Cretaceous, then in the Southern Hemisphere there must have been
> "antarctometatarsalians".  Given that Velocisaurus is sort of the reverse of
> the artcomets (metatatarsal III proportionately thicker than the "pinched"
> II and IV), and its geographic placement in South America, it seemed to fit
> the bill.
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