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Re: Tsaagan mangas - new dromaeosaurid from Mongolia
On 12/12/06, Jamie Stearns <email@example.com> wrote:
My point wasn't the "mangas" part at all, and perhaps "goofy" wasn't the
When the whole scientific naming concept got started, as I recall, Latin and
Greek were used for naming because they were dead languages and would not
change over time. This would be good for ensuring stability in nomenclature.
With that said, Mongolian and Chinese are definitely not dead languages, and
thus would not be particularly suited for naming taxa, except where place
names are concerned. Though, I suppose this would also be a strike against
"Supersaurus" as a name...
Super- is a Latin prefix meanig "above", "over", "more than" - while
the compound is odd, I think the ancients would've got more-or-less
the intended meaning from it.
Now, surely they original adoption of Latin for taxonomy was simply
due to the fact it was still the language of science in Linnaeus's
Why can't you be a non-conformist just like everybody else?