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Re: A new T. rex  of leeches

There's a beetle Tyrannasorus rex. The given etymology doesn't mention the 
dinosaur at all, but they're not fooling anyone.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Raymond Ancog" <rayancog@pldtdsl.net>
To: dinosaur@usc.edu
Sent: Saturday, April 17, 2010 6:22:25 PM GMT -06:00 US/Canada Central
Subject: A new T. rex  of leeches

Not directly dino-related, but it does illustrate the impact of the 
name of the everyman's presumed favorite dinosaur. The new leech is 
named Tyrannobdella rex, "tyrant leech king," by invertebrate experts 
at AMNH. (Any of dino experts there had a role in suggesting the 
name?) I won't be surprised if in the future other "tyrant whatever 
kings" will be named by sticking the appropriate suffic after 
"Tyranno", like Tyrannotherium rex, Tyrannosuchus rex, Tyrannornis 
rex etc. Or have they already? Oh wait, the Fox News article says 
it's been done already.


Raymond Thaddeus C. Ancog
Mines and Geosciences Bureau