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Re: New ankylosaurid: Minotaurasaurus ramachandrani
Dan Chure wrote:
> As a further note, although I do not wish to raise too much hubbub, was
> that the material was purchased from a dealer, apparently from the
> Gobi, and if this is anthing related to *Saichania* or it IS
> *Saichania*, then it's from Mongolia (or China)
Invoking the same non-hubbub-raising caveat as Dan... based on the contained
references, the authors compared the specimen with _Pinacosaurus grangeri_, but
NOT _P. mephistocephalus_.
David Marjanovic wrote:
> So the Minotaurus now has a female counterpart?
I don't think the Minotaur ever married. Or even dated, for that matter.
Being cooped up in the Labyrinth tended to cramp his style.
But you're correct from an etymological standpoint: the name should be
_Minotaurosaurus_ (Gk (masc) Minotauros/Minotaurus).
Speaking of etymology, this is what the paper says:
"Etymology. The gerenic [sic] name means âmanâbull reptileâ, in Latin, in
reference to the bull-like appearance of the skull, similar to the Minotaur of
Although the allusion is clear, "Minotaur" literally means "Minos' bull", not
"man-bull". Minos was the name of a mythical king of Crete, and the stepfather
of the Minotaur (whose personal name was Asterion), Minos' wife being the human
mother of the Minotaur.