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Re: Abberatiodontus (was Re: Horner and Goodwin on Triceratops)
Quoting Tim Williams <email@example.com>:
David Marjanovic wrote:
I just discovered Art. 29.4.2 which says we are not stuck with any
of these examples, so as soon as someone publishes
Aberratiodontidae, Gansuidae and Yandangornithidae, we can use those
That's a relief.
We are, however, almost certainly stuck with *Aberratiodontus*,
which should be *Aberratidens* or something... or perhaps
*Aberratodus* if we insist on having the tooth in Greek...
...the whole tooth, and nothing but the tooth. I can live with
_Aberratiodontus_, given that there are plenty of zoological names
that end in -dontus, e.g., _Heterodontus_ (shark), _Xiphodontus_
(beetle), and so on. Also, -dontus is a common suffix for conodont
Yes, the *odontos* part is OK, Greekwise. If I remember correctly,
it's actually an adjective, *X-odontos* meaning 'X-toothed, having X
type of teeth', as opposed to *X-odon* or *X-odus*, which would be a
nominal compound meaning literally 'X-tooth' (*odÓn* and *odóus* are
Ionic and Attic dialect forms, respectively, of the Greek word for
'tooth'; the stem, in both dialects, is *odont-*).
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