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Re: Having trouble pronouncing Dinosaur genus/species names

Don't forget Blackfoot, although i realize you were just 
citing a few examples of Native American groups. 

Also, i'm not sure the "-saurus" at the end of a name is 
really necessary, although it's an easy way to latinize 
something. However, some cultures don't seem to care for 
terms that combine one of their words with a Latin stem, 
e.g. -saurus, -mimus, -pelta, -ceratops, etc. 

There's nothing wrong with such a combination, but there 
are other ways to latinize a word too.

--- On Fri, 6/15/12, john-schneiderman@cox.net <john-schneiderman@cox.net> 

> From: john-schneiderman@cox.net <john-schneiderman@cox.net>
> Subject: Having trouble pronouncing Dinosaur genus/species names
> To: "Dinosaur Mailing List dinosaur@usc.edu" <dinosaur@usc.edu>
> Date: Friday, June 15, 2012, 4:28 PM
> I've always felt that since dinosaurs
> found in other countries seem to be using its language and
> use of tribal speak as sources of names [latinized in some
> cases] it is time we in the countries of North America
> [north of the Rio Grande] begin using native american words
> for new dinosaur names.
> Some examples: East coast [Mohican, Powhatan, Algonquin],
> Mid-west [Siouan language group], Mountain state [Dakota and
> Sioux languages], Southwestern states [Navajo, Zuni,
> Apache], West coast & Pacific northwest, Alaska,
> northern Canada [Inuktitut]
> Each language has a wonderful, rich culture, religion, and
> mythology a great source of very difficult names to
> pronounce but very much North American
> If I every find a mid-Cretaceous brachiosaurid on the
> Appalachian side of the Dakota Formation I'm sure to give it
> the name "Nishnabotnasaurus"