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

On 2/19/07, Tim Williams <twilliams_alpha@hotmail.com> wrote:
David Marjanovic wrote:

>*Albertosaurus* is expressedly named after the man after whom the province
>is named. Therefore the o.

Hmmm... I thought the 'o' was an arbitrary choice on the part of the author.
  The connecting 'a' was also dropped in _Montanoceratops_ (named after
Montana).  On the other hand, an 'a' was added to give _Leaellynasaura_
(named after Leaellyn).

"Montana" looks like the feminine of the Lat. adj _montanus_ "of or pertaining to mountains", the combining form of which is _montano-_, so this might just be case of sticking to Latin grammar.

By the way, the -o- does not indicate masculinity in Latin. You'd
expect _Abertosaurus_ regardless of whether it was named for an Albert
or an Alberta. _Leaellynasaura_ might have been better named as
"Leaellynosaura", unless whatever language "Leaellyn" comes for
presents a reason for the -a- to be there.

Andreas Johansson

Why can't you be a non-conformist just like everybody else?