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Re: Raptorex, the new tiny tyrant
Mike Keesey <email@example.com> wrote:
> Actually, I can't think of a single dinosaur species where
> the *species epithet* ends in "-saurus".
_Archaeornithoides deinosauriscus_ comes closest. The species name just means
Speaking of little... according to the evolutionary scenario put forward in the
Science paper, the tiny, functionally didactyl forelimbs of tyrannosaurids came
*before* the increase in body size. This means that the puny forelimbs
survived the upscaling of body size. So presumably, the forelimbs were
functional throughout this trajectory.
> "Raptorex" seems a very odd way to combine the root words,
> kind of like "crooking" ("crook" + "king").
It's not a great name, but it does succeed in grabbing one's attention. That's
the point, I suppose. Much like the name _Dracorex_ (pachycephalosaur), which
had the same intention.