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Re: Goofy dinosaur names: (combined answer)
> Naming a dinosaur after Stan Winston is also a bad idea, just ask
> anyone who has survived working with him.
Are you sure it's named after him? The -orum ending implies that Stan and
Winston are two different people.
> Achelousaurus is a great old fashioned name!
If only it were *Acheloosaurus*... :-}
> 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.
Where did you get that from? ~:-| The international language of science was
Latin, so Latin names got used, and Classical Greek crept in because it was
even more prestigious.
> This would be good for ensuring stability in nomenclature.
The names are fixed anyway, they don't change, period.
> Besides, it's descriptive of the animal. Beats "place-name-a-saurus"
> in my book.
I agree wholeheartedly.
> (Although you could make a good defense of "place-name-a-saurus"
> names by pointing out that they never turn out to be inaccurate
> --unless the animal turns out not to be reptilian, of course.)
Lacertilian, you mean. (Google for "Sauria", and...)
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