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Re: Sciurumimus, the fuzzy megalosaur




On Mon, 2 Jul 2012, Ben Creisler wrote:
bcreisler@gmail.com

Many thanks to Tom for posting the article so quickly.

Fixing the subject line, the authors used the Neo-Latin cut-and-paste
spelling Sciurumimus "squirrel mimic"--unfortunately. The word roots
are Greek [skiouros "shadow-tail" and mimos "mimic"] so "Sciuromimus"
would have been the better form. They must have taken it from the
Latinized genus Sciurus--but even then "o" would be the usual
connecting vowel. (Hey---Suchomimus got it right.)

Here are a couple of news stories in English:

http://www.nature.com/news/rise-of-the-feathered-dinosaurs-1.10933

http://www.sciencenews.org/view/generic/id/341948/description/All__dinosaurs_may_have_had_feathers

having troubles visualizing a feathered sauropod...