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Re: ZALMOXES



Darren Naish <darren.naish@port.ac.uk> wrote:

This begs the question: when is someone going to give _I. atherfieldensis_ its own genus?

Does _Vectisaurus_ qualify as an available genus name for this species?

Presumably this is the new generic name for _Rhabdodon
robustus_.

In the past, _Rhabdodon_ has often been used as a catch-all for fragmentary (and sometimes well-preserved) ornithopod material from the Campanian-Maastrichtian of Europe. Certain material from the Hateg Basin of Romania has been discussed in the past as a possible new genus.



Tommy Tyrberg <tommy.tyrberg@aerotechtelub.se> wrote:

The Goths (east germans) and the Getae (thracians) were two completely different tribes that weren't even contemporary.

True, they weren't contemporary. However, several authors of late antiquity (Philostorgius, Cassiodorus, Iordanes) identified the Goths as descendents of the older Getic tribes. There is no evidence that such an identification is true - most likely it's an invention to provide the Goths with an illustrious and ancient pedigree. Nevertheless, the Getae/Goth link has been mentioned in the same context as the existence of Zalmoxes.


Zalmoxis by the way was a semi-mythical culture hero of the getae rather than a king.

Ancient sources refer to him as both a god and a king. In general, the distinction between the two is often subtle or non-existent in these sources.





Tim


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