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Re: Albertaceratops (simpson's bi-annual b*tch about dino naming)

Mike Hanson (mhanson54@comcast.net) wrote:

<I have to agree, but what really adds insult to injury was that this
particular creature was originally going to be named "Medusaceratops", which I
think is a far better name than the pathetic Albertaceratops.>

  While the name in Ryan's doctoral thesis does provide a provoking, thoughtful
name is allusion to the hideous and bizarre appearance of the horns, and of the
snaky brow and frill horns, there is a justice to naming it for the Province

  There have been many times, and I mean MANY times, where names originally
coined in a thesis or passed by word of mouth has been extolled over the
internet, which can and does influence the viability of that name to be
published. Thus, I think there is a slight justice in changing the name after
the thesis name had been spread around.


Jaime A. Headden

"Innocent, unbiased observation is a myth." --- P.B. Medawar (1969)

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