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Re: Tsaagan mangas - new dromaeosaurid from Mongolia

Jamie Stearns writes:

I'm just as much for being "multicultural" or whatever as anyone else, but I think this critter's reached the "name is too goofy for its own good" point. It just seems that the traditional foundation of using Greek and Latin for scientific naming is being virtually tossed out the window with the new dinosaur discoveries from far-off lands.

There are only so many Greek and Latin terms that can be used before names start to get overly complex (Opisthocoelocaudia springs to mind - and gives me a headache while doing so).

Besides - the tradition of using Greek or Latin words in scientific names is a European one. Why should non-European countries be forced to use foreign naming conventions? For that matter, I'm sure the name certainly doesn't sound 'goofy' to a Mongolian.

I say bring on more Minmis, Khaans, and Tsaagans.


Dann Pigdon
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