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RE: The Aussie ?tyrannosaur?

I personally like to distinguish among the two general classes of 
tyrannosauroids: tyrants are the big ones, fauna dominators and apex predators; 
despots are the little guys, eco-terrors and wolf/cat analogues, second-best 
often or better when they are the biggest in their niche. These correspond to 



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> Date: Fri, 26 Mar 2010 20:48:54 -0700
> From: tijawi@yahoo.com
> To: dinosaur@usc.edu
> CC: tijawi@yahoo.com
> Subject: Re: The Aussie ?tyrannosaur?
> Jocelyn Falconnet  wrote:
>> Ok, I see what you mean. Maybe we
>> should here think of "tyrant" in its
>> original sense: "the one who (which) dominate", "master",
>> "sovereign"
> You're right: the word 'tyrannos' originally had no negative connotations, 
> and referred to an autocrat who rose to power by 'unconventional' means 
> (i.e., usually outside the prevailing social or political hierarchy). These 
> tyrants had their own private armies, and used popular support to seize 
> control of cities away from ruling kings and aristocrats. 'Tyrannos' was not 
> originally a Greek word, but a foreign word (Lydian?) that entered the Greek 
> lexicon in Asia Minor.
> Cheers
> Tim
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