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Goofy dinosaur names: WAS Tsaagan mangas - new dromaeosaurid from Mongolia
If Jamie said he thought Bambiraptor was a goofy name, I'd
wholeheartedly agree with him. That ankylosaur named after all the
Jurassic Park cast is also silly. Naming a dinosaur after Stan
Winston is also a bad idea, just ask anyone who has survived working
Achelousaurus is a great old fashioned name!
On Dec 11, 2006, at 4:16 PM, Andreas Johansson wrote:
On 12/12/06, Jamie Stearns <email@example.com> wrote:
My point wasn't the "mangas" part at all, and perhaps "goofy"
When the whole scientific naming concept got started, as I recall,
Greek were used for naming because they were dead languages and
change over time. This would be good for ensuring stability in
With that said, Mongolian and Chinese are definitely not dead
thus would not be particularly suited for naming taxa, except
names are concerned. Though, I suppose this would also be a strike
"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?