News just broke about a sensational discovery: a four-legged ancestral snake. Truly fascinating stuff.
Its name? Tetrapodophis amplectus, apparently.
τέτταρες (tettares) ~ “4”.
πούς (pous) ~ “foot”.
ὄφις (ophis) ~ “snake”.
But … what exactly is amplectus supposed to mean?
Assuming that the name-givers intended to say ‘hugging’ (as the news pages suggest), then surely they should have followed the rules of the Latin language and called it amplectens?
O tempora, o modi, as Cicero used to say (kind of).