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Re: Heterodontosaurid with protofeathers
>> Shouldn't that be "confucii"? Oh well....
> I thought that was strange as well. In a similar vein, we have
> _Confuciusornis_ rather than _Confuciornis_. I've wondered if when
> genera or species are erected that incorporate the names of revered
> historical or religious figures, then a conscious decision is
> made to keep the entire name intact, as a mark of respect. After all, we
> also have _Lazarussuchus_, which was named after Lazarus,
> a biblical (New Testament) character.
Mind you, the coiners of _Lazarussuchus_ may have wanted to avoid the point
that "Lazarosuchus" could potentially have another interpretation - "leprous
Confucius being a Latinisation of Kong Fuzi (or K'ung Fu-Tzu), perhaps it
should even be "_kongi_"?