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Re: More pterosaur stuff (Kunpengopterus)

On Sat, Dec 18, 2010 at 6:36 PM, Tim Williams <tijawi@gmail.com> wrote:
> If you want bad (really bad) names, then look at Jibeiniaithidae and
> Jibeiniaithiformes, which appeared in a recent review of the Jehol
> biota (Zhou and Wang 2010; Sci. China Earth Sci. 53: 1894â1907). ÂHow
> anybody arrived at these names from _Jibeinia_ I'll never know.

GAH! Perhaps they assumed -ithidae was the suffix (Enantiornithidae,
Sinornithidae, Hesperornithidae, Ichthyornithidae, etc.).

It must be admitted that many of the rules make little sense to those
not familiar with the languages ("-ornis" becomes "-ornithidae" ...
why?). I can only imagine that to speakers of a language with
isolating grammar, like Mandarin, these rules of languages with
fusional grammar make even less sense. (English is somewhat isolating,
but not as much as Mandarin.)
T. Michael Keesey
Technical Consultant and Developer, Flex Specialist
Glendale, California