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Re: Goofy dinosaur names: (combined answer)
"*Altispinax lydekkeri-huenensis*"? Wow. Really? Hard to believe -- the hyphen
is illegal, and I'd translate the whole thing as "Lydekker's *Altispinax* that
is in Huene".
But then, of course, if everyone in the studio can be a Stan Winston...
> > 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).
> And, of course, _Basilosaurus_, though that was a case of mistaken
As were *Megalosaurus* and *Hylaeosaurus* and Dinosauria as a whole (believed
to be lizards), and *Cetiosaurus* (believed to be intermediate between lizards
and crocodiles, IIRC), which started the tradition for dinosaurs.
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