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Re: Albertaceratops (simpson's bi-annual b*tch about dino naming)
Quoting Tim Williams <firstname.lastname@example.org>:
Andreas Johansson wrote:
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.
If it was named after Alberta rather than Albert, wouldn't the
etymologically correct name be "Albertosaura" or "Albertasaura"?
No, the final -us (Greek -os) or -a refers to the sex of the lizard,
not of the honoree (actually, I'm not sure it even has to do with the
sex of the lizard; my dictionary appears to indicate that _sauros_ and
_saura_ are just alternative words for 'lizard').
Department of Linguistics
University of Michigan
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