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Re: Pronunciation Question
On Friday, September 6, 2002, at 01:08 AM, Rob Gay wrote:
I've heard that Archaeopteryx is actually not supposed to be
the P, and that Compsognathus is supposed to have the Gn silent. Can
confirm or deny this? Thanks in advance.
Pteryx = feather (TEH-ricks). Gnathus = jaw (NATH-us). So the letters
are supposed to be silent. There was a discussion on the vert. paleo.
list a couple of months ago about this, and it was (somewhat) agreed
that since our pronunciation of greek/latin is so bad anyway, we should
not worry too much about it. Unless, of course, it might result in
As most people pronounce the "P" in Archaeopteryx, and the "G" in
Compsognathus, miscommunication is unlikely.
John Conway, Palaeoartist
"All art is quite useless." - Oscar Wilde
Systematic ramblings: http://homepage.mac.com/john_conway/