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Re: "Chuniaoae" Ji et al. 1998



----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Steve Brusatte" <dinoland@lycos.com>

> A Chinese-speaking friend says that one of the nearly 100 tones of "chu"
means "early."  Makes sense to me.

Indeed. Sort of PDW's Protoavia...
(For those shocked by this post, there are only 4 tones, but nevertheless
lots of homonyms with the same tone, each with a different meaning and
written with a different character.)