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Re: Philovenator, new troodontid from Late Cretaceous of Inner Mongolia, China

How come ?

This name refers not only to the name of Philip Currie, but also to its Greek root 'philos', for 'beloved', 'dear', or 'friend'. This name designates therefore either a dear/beloved/friend snatcher/thief/assassin (ok, the latter is a bit disturbing...) or merely 'Phil's raptor'. I think it is a nice tribute to Philip Currie to have named this genus after his name.

Besides, there is much worse - *Liliensternus liliensterni*, for instance. Not very imaginative, don't you think ?


Le 24/04/2012 10:50, tyazbeck@comcast.net a écrit :
I'm sorry, but giving a dinosaur a binomial in which the genus AND species 
names are named after the *same* person is in bad taste...

From: "Ben Creisler"<bcreisler@gmail.com>
To: dinosaur@usc.edu
Sent: Monday, April 23, 2012 12:48:56 PM
Subject: Philovenator, new troodontid from Late Cretaceous of Inner Mongolia, 

From: Ben Creisler

A new taxon Philovenator (named in part for Phil Currie) in the new
issue of Vertebrata PalAsiatica:

XU Xing, ZHAO Qi, Corwin Sullivan, TAN Qing-wei, Martin SANDER&  MA
Qing-yu (2012)
Vertebrata PalAsiatica 50(2):140-150

The partial troodontid hindlimb IVPP V 10597 was originally described
as a juvenile Sauronithoides mongoliensis. The present study
reconsiders the taxonomic placement of this interesting specimen,
given the significant advances in understanding of the Troodontidae
that have taken place since it was first described. Morphological
comparison and numerical phylogenetic analyses indicate that V 10597
is more closely related to the sympatric Linhevenator tani than to
Sauronithoides mongoliensis, raising the possibility that V 10597
might be juvenile L. tani. However, V 10597 differs significantly from
other troodontids, including L. tani, in numerous hindlimb features
and particularly in the proportions of various hindlimb elements.
These differences are likely to be taxonomic, and suggest that V 10597
represents a new troodontid. Furthermore, histological analysis
indicates that V 10597 is unlikely to be juvenile of L. tani or any
other large troodontid. Based on the available morphological and
histological information, we propose the erection of a new taxon,
Philovenator curriei gen. et sp. nov., based on V 10597. This new find
increases the known taxonomic diversity and morphological disparity of
Late Cretaceous troodontids.

"/As a Professor of Science, I assure you we did in fact evolve from filthy monkey men./" Hubert J. Farnworth.