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Re: Albertaceratops (simpson's bi-annual b*tch about dino naming)
Nick Pharris wrote:
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').
Yet, certain names do end in -saura because the honoree is female. Such as
_Gasparinisaura_ (after Zulma Gasparini), _Leallynasaura_ (after Leaellyn
Rich), and _Maiasaura_, (after 'maia', Gk for 'good mother'). _Bonitasaura_
derives its name from the "La Bonita¡± fossil site, the name of which is
feminine in gender. Very feminine, in fact. :-)
The same rationale was behind the name _Aviatyrannis_ (Avia = grandmother),
in which -tyrannis was chosen instead of -tyrannus.
However, many ceratopsian names end in -ceratops even though the honoree is
feminine (e.g., _Avaceratops_, _Auroraceratops_, and even "Medusaceratops").
I had though "ceratops" was masculine. But if what you say is true (and
you know much more about such things than I do), there is no etymological
requirement for the genders to match within a genus name. In other words,
it's just a convention, adopted more for imaginative effect than proper
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