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Dear participants on this thread,
_herpeto_ in Greek means "reptile" in the conventional sense, as applied
to modern usage. _herpeton_ and its common suffix-forming form, _-erpeton_
is used to reflect a "herpetile" or crawling animal, as in taxa covered by
modern herpetology (amphibians, lizards, turtles, and snakes ... as well
as crocs, I beleive), and has been commonly translated for various basal
and pro-tetrapods and reptiles, as well as some various archosaurs, as
"crawler". Thus it can also refer to a locomotory analogy. However, the
origin of the word _herpeton_ is not specifically linked to "crawling" or
"belly" as these words are distinct in modern and ancient Greek
(_sernometen_ [as for creep] and _koilia_, respectively).
Jaime A. Headden
Little steps are often the hardest to take. We are too used to making leaps
in the face of adversity, that a simple skip is so hard to do. We should all
learn to walk soft, walk small, see the world around us rather than zoom by it.
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