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Re: Sauropodz r kewl WAS: silly conversation on 2012 US presidential race

Amen, bro! I think I can steer this thread in a fun direction! What makes me 
amused yet frustrated is when new dinosaurs from China always have these 
Chinese names. There's nothing wrong with having a few at a time, but it's 
getting confusing keeping track of all the "Chinasaurs". I always think that a 
meaningful generic name (Latin/Greek) that refers to anatomy or something 
unique about the taxon, is better than naming after people or places, or using 
obscure, living, or tribal languages. Those names are OK in moderation, but it 
seems to have been getting out of hand since the millenium started.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Mike Taylor" <mike@indexdata.com>
To: tyazbeck@comcast.net
Cc: dinosaur@gilvary.net, "DML List" <dinosaur@usc.edu>
Sent: Monday, April 16, 2012 5:40:30 AM
Subject: Re: Sauropodz r kewl WAS: silly conversation on 2012 US presidential 

On 16 April 2012 10:22,  <tyazbeck@comcast.net> wrote:
> In my opinion, 'Brontosaurus' is more euphonious than 'Apatosaurus'. Fewer 
> syllables, and it sounds more spectacular.

No argument there.  It's part of the reason that we used the name
Brontomerus for the Hotel Mesa sauropod last year -- it was a sort of
tribute to the Great Lost Name.

> I feel as if some paleontologists have trouble thinking before they come up 
> with a memorable name for a dinosaur...

Holy poop, yes!  You find the world's biggest terrestrial animal in
Argentina and call it: Argentinosaurus.  Makes me want to week.

-- Mike.

> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Joe Gilvary" <dinosaur@gilvary.net>
> To: "DML List" <dinosaur@usc.edu>
> Sent: Sunday, April 15, 2012 4:18:54 PM
> Subject: Re: Sauropodz r kewl WAS: silly conversation on 2012 US presidential 
> race
> Now I have to weigh in here as a devoted amateur.
> My favorite dinosaur, of all, saurischian or ornithischian, avian or
> non-avian, remains Brontosaurus. Yes, I am well read enough to recognize
> that name is no longer recognized. But in the consideration of emotional
> responses, i.e., "favorites," it's the Brontosaurus I saw pictured on
> the back of the cereal box, the Brontosaurus I saw in the How and Why
> Wonder Book of Dinosaurs, the Brontosaurus who stirred my imagination.
> Bully for Brontosaurus! :)
> And sauropods remain kewl.
> Ar 4/14/2012 8:37 PM, scríobh Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.:
>> On Sat, April 14, 2012 4:05 pm, Augusto Haro wrote:
>>> Nobody admits that she/he is strongly influenced by the mass media and
>>> that her/his favorite dinosaur is T. rex?
>> Well, of course MINE is, too! But I only responded back when the initial
>> "favorite sauropod" question had been asked; not the broader "favorite
>> dinosaur" one.
>> Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
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