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RE: Pantydraco and the worst dinosaur name

Here's food for thought:

  Lydekker coined *Titanosaurus indicus* (Indian Titan lizard) in 1877. Marsh 
coined *Brontosaurus excelsus* (exceeding Brontes [Thunderer] lizard) in 1879. 
Brontes is one of the three titanic Cylopes who aid Hephaistos in the crafting 
of the lightning and thunder for Zeus, who are themselves children of the 
Titanes Gaia and Ouranos ... the latter whom Zeus slays. They are, in essence, 
Titan progeny. I do not think the nomenclatural similarities between "Titan" 
and the Titan Brontes are coincidental. Despite this, it has become 
stereotypical that "Brontosaurus" means thunder lizard, and for various 
reasons, and as such that the roots would be adopted among other taxa alluding 
to this, a probably miscommunication. This includes, but is not limited to, 
other sauropods.


Jaime A. Headden
The Bite Stuff (site v2)

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> Date: Tue, 15 Mar 2011 14:10:03 +1100
> From: tijawi@gmail.com
> To: dinosaur@usc.edu
> Subject: Re: Pantydraco and the worst dinosaur name
> David Marjanovic  wrote:
> > > Worst names list?
> >
> > *Brontosaurus*. If elephants are any guide, sauropods did _not_ trample.
> Despite popular lore, _Brontosaurus_ was *not* named because it was
> thought to make the ground shake like thunder when it walked or ran.
> When Marsh came up with the name _Brontosaurus_, he was alluding to
> the great size of the beast.
> I believe _Brontotherium_, which Marsh named 6 years before
> _Brontosaurus_, was named after the "Thunder Beast" of Sioux
> mythology; either because the bones were found after severe
> thunderstorms, or because the animals themselves were thought to bring
> on thunderstorms - I've heard both versions.
> Cheers
> Tim