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RE: Today's Stupid Question
> From: email@example.com [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]On Behalf Of
> Mike Taylor
> >> Can anyone explain how the titanosauriform Ornithopsis -- known
> >> only from a couple of dorsal verts on display at the NHM, London --
> >> came to be called "bird face"?
> > Seely [...] named the verts this way, was because he found the
> > amount of air-holes (pneumacies, wrong spelling, my English is
> > leaving me), which are also shared by birds.
> Right, no problem with the vertebral pneumaticity, but that (you'd
> think) would lead to name like _Ornithospondylus_.
In this case, "opsis" = "appearance". Hence, "of bird like appearance", not
"with a birdy face".
Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
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