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Re: A trivial question

I would definitely agree that, amongst epithets, locative names like
"sinensis" (and quite likely "sinensis" itself) is the most common. It
would be interesting to use "-ensis" as a search criterion and
determine results amongst them. I'm not familiar with a database for
pseudosuchian names, but for fossil birds and nonavian dinosaurs
Mickey's database would provide decent search results.

On Fri, May 30, 2014 at 5:00 AM, Thomas R. Holtz, Jr. <tholtz@umd.edu> wrote:
> Greetings,
> This post has zero actual science content. However, it is a question:
> Which trivial epithet (the second part of the species name) is most common in 
> Mesozoic dinosauromorphs?
> Plenty are used only once: horridus, ajax, etc.
> Others are used a few times: rex in Tyrannosaurus rex and Nanosaurus rex. 
> (I'm not concerned about the present validity of the taxon
> name, but rather its use at any time.)
> There are some that are certainly more common: agilis, australis, 
> mongoliensis, sinensis.
> But what is/are the MOST common one(s)? (Boundaries are "Dinosauromorpha 
> within the Mesozoic", so Mesozoic avialians are in but
> Cenozoic are out).
> I don't know the answer; I'm just asking the question.
> Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
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