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Re: Dinosaurs Breathed Like Birds



Tim wrote:
>>>Actually, ICZN rules frown on naming a species
after
oneself.<<<

Damn! There goes my dream of "Donodon".

Don

--- Tim Williams <twilliams_alpha@hotmail.com> wrote:

> 
> Roberto Takata wrote:
> 
> >My votes go to: Gasosaurus (in honor to the gas
> company that funded
> >the research) and Technosaurus (every time that I
> hear it I
> >immediately think in Drumbassaurus, Acidjazzsaurus,
> Ravesaurus...)
> 
> The name _Gasosaurus_ does indeed reference a local
> gas-mining company.  
> However, there is a double  meaning in that the
> Chinese name *qilong* 
> translates loosely as "gas-dragon" or "gas-lizard" -
> formed from the words 
> *qi* (energy, flow, air, gas) and *leong*/*long*
> (dragon, king, emperor).
> 
> BTW, I'm not sure that the gas company actuallly
> funded the excavation, or 
> the ensuing research.  The version I heard (which
> may be incorrect) says 
> that Dong Zhiming named the specimen _Gasosaurus_ to
> placate the company, 
> who wanted to build on the fossil site.  Naming the
> dinosaur in their honor 
> was part of the negotiations.  That's also the
> spirit behind the species 
> name _constructus_, I believe.
> 
> >Well, we could establish a contest: which is the
> worst dinosaur generic 
> >name ever coined?
> 
> My nomination is _Bambiraptor_.
> 
> >Technosaurus (every time that I hear it I
> immediately think in 
> >Drumbassaurus, Acidjazzsaurus, Ravesaurus...)
> 
> It's supposed to make you think of Texas Tech
> University.  :-)
> 
> Andrew Simpson wrote:
> 
> >  Feeling pretty darn good about myself I have
> decided to name it
> >AndrewSimpsonLordandMasteroftheUniverse-Ruler of
> all
> >he
> Survays-Kingofpaleontologicalstudyosaurustopsodon
> 
> Yeah, that name really rolls of the tongue, doesn't
> it?
> 
> Actually, ICZN rules frown on naming a species after
> oneself.
> 
> Cheers
> 
> Tim
> 
> 
>