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Re: Heterodontosaurid with protofeathers
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From: Christophe Hendrickx
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Subject: RE: Heterodontosaurid with protofeathers
Just a small bracket on the thread on Tianyulong that I'm following
David Marjanovic wrote:
> I agree, it's just ignorance. Respect is completely orthogonal to it.
> *Lazarussuchus* could have been deliberate, but that would surprise me
> mean, who knows the etymology of Lazarus...); it's much more likely a
> consequence of the fact that Latin isn't taught much in France.
Well, I'm pretty sure that Latin is taught much more in France than in
other German countries such as Austria!
I had six years of Latin in school. I've talked to Germans who had more
Latin than English in school...
> Philippe Taquet gave us *Lurdusaurus* and *Cristatusaurus* and,
> incidentally, insists
> that *Suchomimus* is a junior synonym of the latter;
Taquet is right by saying that Suchomimus tenerensis is a junior synonym
of Cristatusaurus lapparenti 'cause they both come from the same unit (GAD
5) and the same locality and they does not seem to be different
anatomically. Cristatusaurus was the first to be named and it has
therefore priority over Suchomimus tenerensis (or should I say Baryonyx
tenerensis) if we do not consider it as a "nomen dubium" (and Taquet does
not of course!).
> both should end in -osaurus rather than -usaurus.
I don't know why 'cause in the case of Cristatusaurus, ''cristatus'' means
"crested" in Latin (see http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/cristatus) and we
all know that "sauros" (ÏÎáÏÎÏ) is the greek root of "lizard". So, it
seems to be logical to me...
See, that's what I'm talking about.
The stem of cristatus isn't cristatu-. It's cristato-, and that's something
very elementary that I was taught in the first or second month of Latin at
school. The reason that the nominative isn't cristatos is a sound shift in
the 3rd century BC that turned every -os with short o* into -us; -os is
attested in older inscriptions.
* Very different words that ended in -os with long o kept that o. An example
is sacerdos ("priest"), the stem of which is sacerdot- (for example, the
nominative plural is sacerdotes). Oh, and the reason this one isn't
sacerdots is that underlying -ts always surfaced as -s in Latin; another
example is nox ("night"), plural noctes... French nui_t_ (the t stopped
being pronounced a few hundred years ago).