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Why Monoclonius Cope Was Not Named for Its Horn: The Etymologies of Cope's Dinosaurs

Benjamin S. Creisler
Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology
Vol. 12, No. 3 (Sep. 3, 1992), pp. 313-317
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4523455
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Why Monoclonius Cope Was Not Named for Its Horn: The Etymologies of Cope's Dinosaurs
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Abstract

The dinosaurian generic name Monoclonius has been explained as a reference to a single nose horn. Evidence indicates, however, that Cope named the genus for hadrosaurid teeth mistakenly attributed to the type of M. crassus. The name was paired with Diclonius in allusion to different modes of tooth replacement in each genus. Later discoveries revealed the supposed distinction was based on teeth from the upper and lower jaws of hadrosaurs. Etymological analysis shows that Cope derived nearly all of his dinosaurian names from Greek roots to highlight distinctive anatomical features.

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