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RE: Did pterosaurs feed by skimming?
--- Chris Glen <email@example.com> wrote:
> I'm sure I used to know when and who started using
> the term for non-avian
> dinosaurs, but can't recall now - was it Crichton or
> Bakker or someone else?
It was Crichton. Early in the novel of Jurassic Park
we are introduced to the
Shortly after that, the word is truncated to raptor(s)
throughout the rest of the book.
Later on, Bakker (being Bakker) took the term and ran
with it; thus increasing its popularity (and general
association with any theropod).
Personally I find the term annoying (I too, usually
associate it with birds of prey), but at least it got
the general public away from the constant use of
I mean, do we really want to return to a time of
"three horns" "long necks" and "sharp teeth?"
No thank you,
"I am impressed by the fact that we know less about many modern [reptile] types
than we do of many fossil groups." - Alfred S. Romer
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