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153720.  Mon Mar 05, 2007 7:49 am Reply with quote

I remember reading up on my cnidarians for an exam a few years back and think they were extremely interesting, don't remember much now though because as with all exam material I forget it quickly afterwards

King of Quok
153782.  Mon Mar 05, 2007 9:13 am Reply with quote

For various reasons that really don't need to be gone in here, I've got back into dinosaurs recently, and some of the discoveries that have been made since I was a child are absolutely remarkable. Aside from all the research, and the disappearance of some of the old stalwarts of the dinsoaur world (I'm looking at you, Anatosaurus), palaeontologists seem to have developed a slightly more gung-ho and facetious attitude to naming new genera. The most amusing one is an ugly looking theropod scientifically named Irritator because the skeleton had originally been doctored and the palaeontologist trying to work out which bits were genuine got really p*ssed off trying to sort out the various bits. Ozraptor is genuinely named after 'Oz' for Australia and one of the brachiosaurs has been re-christened Giraffotitan, which sounds more like some feeble Marvel superhero than a sauropod dinosaur, but puts him on a par with the all-new, revised Anatosaurus, now Anatotitan ('giant duck'). The bastard-to-spell Leaellynasaura, which has been around for a few years and provides very important evidence of dinosaurs living within the Antarctic Circle was apparently named on a whim after the palaeontologists' daughter. He's not new, but I feel most sorry for the pterosaur whose full binomial name is Sordes pilosus. It means 'Hairy filth'. I wonder who he was named in honour of...

153790.  Mon Mar 05, 2007 9:25 am Reply with quote

Ozzy Osborne, perhaps?

King of Quok
153840.  Mon Mar 05, 2007 11:55 am Reply with quote

Hahahahaha! I like that, though perhaps they should turn Ozraptor into Ozzyraptor for him instead. I was actually thinking of John Barrowman, but I guess he'd only cover the 'sordes' bit of Sordes pilosus.

Here are some more rather quirky dinosaur names. There is a genus called Bambiraptor, small theropods related to the more famous Velociraptor, although more bird-like, and, yes, named after Disney's bug-eyed fawn. Borogovia, a late Cretaceous troodontid, fared better, being named after the mimsy borogoves in 'Jabberwocky'. Cryolophosaurus (=frozen crested lizard) narrowly got out of being called Elvisaurus (=Elvis' lizard) because of its cute little quiff, which would rather have undermined its status as a dinosaur from present-day Antarctica. Kenneth Carpenter named the very early Triassic carnivore Gojirasaurus after the Japanese word 'Gojira' (=Godzilla). And the only dinosaur to contain one of the Bantu click consonants in its name is the African coelurosaur Nqwebwesaurus. I love dinosaurs all over again.

gerontius grumpus
154361.  Tue Mar 06, 2007 6:28 pm Reply with quote

samivel wrote:
Even when she (finally) is late, I won't be lamenting.

Elvis Costello wrote an excellent song called 'Stamp the Dirt Down' about not lamenting her when she's late.


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