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IOUEA: A Cretaceous Coup


Susan Thorpe


Dmitri Borgmann, in "Vowel Patterns" in his book "Language on Vacation" (Scribner's, 1965), muses on the finding of what would be the 'ultimate triumph' a 5-letter word constructed from one each of the five vowels A, E, I, O, and U. If you turn to page 638 of "The Encyclopedia of Paleontology" (Dowden, Hutchinson& Ross, 1979), edited by Rhodes W. Fairbridge and David Jablonski, you will find IOUEA, the name of a Cretaceous fossil sponge genus!