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Re: Goofy dinosaur names: (combined answer)

On 12/12/06, David Marjanovic <david.marjanovic@gmx.at> 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 The Dinosauricon: http://dino.lm.com Parry & Carney: http://parryandcarney.com ISPN Forum: http://www.phylonames.org/forum/