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Species name etymology
I'm attempting to nail down the etymology of some species names. I'd
really appreciate your collected wisdom on confirming, correcting and
completing the below list. In anticipation, thanks.
AVIMIMUS portentosus - Possibly "portentous" = of monumental
significance, because Avimimus was such an important find
BACTROSAURUS johnsoni - Johnson?
CARNOTAURUS sastrei ?
CHAMOSAURUS belli - In honor of John Bell Hatcher, a fossil collector
of 19th century United States or in reference to the Belly River ?
COELOPHYSIS bauri - In honor of Georg Herman Baur, who was at one
time Marsh's collector, but later wrote articles on Marsh's
inaccurate illustrations - correct?
DRYOSAURUS altus - Altus (Latin) = "high" or "deep" - why?
EDMONTONIA longiceps - Longus (Latin) = "long" and -ceps - why?
EUOPLOCEPHALUS tutus - Tutus (Latin) = "safe" referring to the
security afforded by its armour - (wild guess on my part)
GALLIMIMUS bullatus - Bhel = "to inflate or swell", referring to the
inflated braincase area of the skull - correct?
MAMENCHISAURUS constructus - Constrictus (Latin) = "compress" - why?
ORNITHOLESTES hermanni - Herman?
PROTOCERATOSAURUS bradleyi - In honor of Wilmot Hyde Bradley,
distinguished geologist and Chief Geologist of the U.S. Geological
Survey - correct?
RHOETOSAURUS brownie - In honor of Henry York Lyell Brown, a
geologist responsible for many vertebrate fossils found in Australia - correct?
SHUNOSAURUS lii ?
STRUTHIOMIMUS altus - Altus (Latin) = "high" or "deep" - why?
TROODON formosus - Forma (Latin) = "shape", perhaps referring to the
form of the teeth - correct?