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RE: Etymology of Ornithomimus sedens?
"Sitting" or "Seated." Marsh was amazingly short when it came to explaining his
reasoning for naming taxa. It may refer to the fact that it is a partial sacrum
and pelvis, the "seat" of the body.
Jaime A. Headden
The Bite Stuff (site v2)
"Innocent, unbiased observation is a myth." --- P.B. Medawar (1969)
"Ever since man first left his cave and met a stranger with a
different language and a new way of looking at things, the human race
has had a dream: to kill him, so we don't have to learn his language or
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> Date: Sat, 10 Dec 2011 23:43:49 -0500
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> Subject: Etymology of Ornithomimus sedens?
> This came up in a chatroom discussion earlier tonight. In Latin the word
> "sedens" means "seated," and the holotype of O. sedens is just the pelvic
> region. However, I guessed that "se" could also be the prefix meaning
> "apart" or "on one's own," while "dens" means "tooth": roughly, one apart
> from teeth. Did Marsh in 1892 know that ornithomimids were toothless, and
> could the double meaning be intentional?