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

I have no problem with the use of "tribal names" such as Suuwassea, so
long as they _mean_ something (in this case, "ancient thunder").  It's
the unimaginative use of place-names, whatever the language, that
disappoints me.

-- Mike.

On 16 April 2012 10:51,  <tyazbeck@comcast.net> wrote:
> 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 
> race
> 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.
>>> Email: tholtz@umd.edu Phone: 301-405-4084
>>> Office: Centreville 1216
>>> Senior Lecturer, Vertebrate Paleontology
>>> Dept. of Geology, University of Maryland
>>> http://www.geol.umd.edu/~tholtz/
>>> Fax: 301-314-9661
>>> Faculty Director, Science&  Global Change Program, College Park Scholars
>>> http://www.geol.umd.edu/sgc
>>> Fax: 301-314-9843
>>> Mailing Address:      Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
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