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RE: Did pterosaurs feed by skimming? --->'raptor'
> The term "raptor" was used for birds of prey LONG before
> Crichton (%$#@! bless his heart) used it as an informal term
> for small non-avian theropods. In my opinion, the ONLY
> correct use for the term is for birds of prey. I don't care
> who is using the term, or in what context.
I agree. Though it is useful shorthand when talking about dromaeosaurs,
particularly to non-specialist public in casual conversation and
striving to get them to know what I'm talking about.
...and then still often get a reply like
'ah, like Stegosaurus? I like Stegosaurus.' at which point
I give up on the subject of dinosaurs (let alone the etymology of the
word 'raptor') and make a cup of tea. I like tea. It stays quiet
(and makes a fantastic cameo in Douglas Adams' writings,
which I almost like as much as tea).
> It's like the term "diversity", which had a long history in a
> variety of fields before politicians/sociologists/ whatever
> hijacked it to describe variants within one
> not-particularly-interesting primate species. Whenever the
> term "diversity" is used without qualification on my campus,
> I respond as though the term were being used to describe some
> component of species diversity in ecological communities.
> This makes for interesting conversations with administrators,
> but Full Professor means you never have to say you're sorry.
That's great... Something to look forward to being able to do myself
if I make it that far!
Off to make some tea,
(procrastinating post grad...)