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Re: Goofy dinosaur names: (combined answer)
On 12/12/06, David Marjanovic <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
Are you sure it's named after him? The -orum ending implies that Stan and Winston are two different people.
As I recall, it was supposed to be named after the studio.
> (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...)
Well, there are so many non-lacertilian "-saurus" names that I think
the ending can safely be interpreted as "reptilian" (or "non-avialan
reptilian", perhaps--Avisaurus and Soroavisaurus excluded).
T. Michael Keesey
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