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



You're right on that point, Mike
There's so many names based on places, that's boring sometimes.
BTW, my fave remains *Brontosaurus*.
I was glad when I saw named *Antetonitrus*, a kind of homage

Cheers
Jean-Michel


Le 16/04/2012 12:08, Mike Taylor a écrit :
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.
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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.



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Sent: Sunday, April 15, 2012 4:18:54 PM
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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.


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