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

I've allways favoured Allosaurus over Tyrannosaurus, the big guy got
all the limelight.

And who doesn't love Therizinosaurs? Misproportioned Herbivorous
theropods with freddy-kruger hands? It's like some kid made them up!

As far as names, Epidendrosaurus is a pretty damned awesome
descriptive name, although it'd end up being silly if the thing was
really aquatic (because ALL dinosaurs are aquatic now right!?) And I
know Megapnosaurus is not a popular name with some people, but really,
who can't appreciate 'big dead lizard'?!

I also kinda trip myself up on names like Shanag and Mahakala or
Tsaagan. Not saying I don't like them, just that they require some
It also seems to raise the question of when it's appropriate to use
english words in the name? Could a Chinese paleontologist working in
North Dakota name a new find "totallyawesome dakotaensis"?

On Mon, Apr 16, 2012 at 7:05 AM, mjm <mjmbego@gmail.com> wrote:
> 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.
>>> ----- 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.
>>>>>                       Department of Geology
>>>>>                       Building 237, Room 1117
>>>>>                       University of Maryland
>>>>>                       College Park, MD 20742 USA

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