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RE: Pyroraptor olympus

From: "Craven, David" <David.Craven@bolton.gov.uk>

Does anybody know why Pyroraptor olympus was given that name? I know what it
means and the mythological story of fire being stolen from Mt. Olympus, but
why ascribe it to a dinosaur?

The etymological definitions from the description...

Pyroraptor: "From Greek pyros, fire and Latin raptor, thief, alluding to the fact that this new, agile small theropod has been discovered after a forestfire."

Olympius: "From Latin olympius, from Olympus. The specific name makes an allusion to the Mont Olympe (Provence) at the foot of which is situated the new locality."

Hope that helped.

Jordan Mallon

Undergraduate Student, Carleton University
Vertebrate Paleontology & Paleoecology

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