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RE: Icelandic dinosaur names
> From: owner-DINOSAUR@usc.edu [mailto:owner-DINOSAUR@usc.edu]
> On Behalf Of David Orr
> Anyone ever hear of this phenomenon in Iceland?
> "One of the most fun things about the Icelandic language is
> that unlike every other language to my knowledge, they have
> their own dinosaur names rather than using the same Greek and
> Latin that we?re used to. There are a whole bunch named after
> gods and goddesses (Apatosaurus/Þórseðla,
> Maiasaura/Freyjueðla) but my absolute favorite is the one in
> the picture. Its scientific name is ?Irritator,? and so the
> Icelanders dubbed it Lokaeðla (?Lokisaurus?)."
> Thought it was interesting, and wonder if any other languages
> have local names for dinosaurs or other extinct animals.
I found this on the Icelandic wikipedia page:
Which lists the Icelandic equivalents to dinosaur names.
Clicking on the one for Tyrannosaurus
(http://is.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grame%C3%B0la) reveals the Icelandic equivalents
suprageneric names as well:
Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 301-405-4084
Office: Centreville 1216
Senior Lecturer, Vertebrate Paleontology
Dept. of Geology, University of Maryland
Faculty Director, Science & Global Change Program, College Park Scholars
Mailing Address: Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
Department of Geology
Building 237, Room 1117
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742 USA