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Re: Pterosaur diversity (was: Re: Waimanu)
Mackovicky has actually been the first to get it WRONG.
False memory on Jaime's part -- Makovicky does consistently keep the s in.
When borrowed into Latin, the Greek word 'ops' would normally become
'opsis' (e.g. synopsis, borrowed by English via Latin), so I don't know
anyone has ever assumed the stem in ceratopsian names was '-op'.
Why borrow it into Latin and not just keep it Greek? After all I've hardly
ever seen a genus name ending in -opsis.
Besides, isn't "synopsis" already unmodified Greek? Linné wrote "synopsin"
after all when he needed its accusative, and it looks more like an abstract
noun than "together-face" would.
An unresolved question is whether we should use
Lapparentopheidae as Hoffstetter named it, or change it for consistency
the numerous -ophiidae names (seeing as how he was operating under an
incorrect assumption that they were all wrong).
The 1999 version of the ICZN doesn't permit corrections like this, but I
guess the older versions may have mandated them... "Varanopseidae" (after
*Varanops*; no idea where the e ever came from) was recently changed into