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RE: Seitaad: A New Sauropodomorph from the Navajo Sandstone
Jaime Headden <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> "The name Seitaad ruessi is pronounced SAY-eet-AWD
> ROO-ess-EYE. It was in the press release."
> I had not read the press release, so this is another of
> those interesting and culturally-crossing names, and am
> quite appreciative of it, even if the native Navajo spelling
> is foreign.
Yes, I like these names that recognizes the local indigenous culture (past or
present), especially if the name derives from a creature or deity (_Seitaad_,
_Tawa_, _Citipati_, _Kakuru_, _Quetzalcoatlus_, etc).
By contrast, the name of another new genus of basal sauropodomorph,
_Ignavusaurus_ from South Africa, takes the classical route ('ignavus' = coward
in Latin). _The name was chosen not because _Ignavusaurus_ was scared of
theropods, but after a local place name (Ha Ralekoala = "The place of the
father of the coward").
Knoll, F. (2010). A primitive sauropodomorph from the upper Elliot Formation
of Lesotho. Geol. Mag. doi:10.1017/S001675681000018X
Abstract: "A well-preserved, articulated dinosaur skeleton from southern Africa
is described. The specimen comes from the upper Elliot Formation (?Hettangian)
of Ha Ralekoala (Lesotho) and represents a new species: _Ignavusaurus rachelis_
genus et species nova. A cladistic analysis suggests that _Ignavusaurus_ is
more derived than _Thecodontosaurus_â_Pantydraco_, but more primitive than
_Efraasia_. _Ignavusaurus_ indeed shares a number of unambiguous
synapomorphies with the taxa more derived than _Thecodontosaurus_â_Pantydraco_,
such as a fully open acetabulum, but it is more plesiomorphic than _Efraasia_
and more derived sauropodomorphs as shown by the evidence of, for instance, the
distal extremity of its tibia that is is longer (cranio-caudally) than wide
(latero-medially). The discovery of _Ignavusaurus_ increases the known
diversity of the early sauropodomorph fauna of the upper Elliot Formation,
which stands as one of the richest horizons in
the world in this respect."