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Deinocheirus (was Sauropodz r kewl WAS: silly conversation on 2012 US presidential race)
Andreas Johansson <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> Slight correction here: the word for "hand" is _cheir_ (with variant
> transliterations). The word -cheirus, -cheiros bit in the later two
> names is a derived adjective meaning "handed".
I just KNEW someone would point that out. ;-)
Yup, _cheirus_/_kheiros_ is the genitive case.
> _Deinocheirus_ is thus something like "the fearsome-handed one", "the
> one having fearsome hands".
_Deinocheirus_ did indeed have fearsome-looking hands. But I do
wonder what it used its fearsome-looking hands for - given that
_Deinocheirus_ may not have been a predator.