I just saw in the news that a new dinosaur species was discovered and its scientific name is Vectaerovenator inopinatus. What exactly does this name actually mean as a Latin word? How should I parse it?
The article says:
Scientists named the dinosaur Vectaerovenator inopinatus -- a name that refers to large air sacs in some of the bones, which are commonly seen in theropods, and which helped the researchers identify the species.
The adjective inopinatus is "unexpected", and that could refer to either the animals behaviour or its discovery. The first part is more puzzling. I can read aero-venator as "air-hunter". If I understood correctly, this was a land-based beast, so the air must refer to its bone structure.
But how should I understand the vect- part and vectaerovenator as a whole? Is it "air-carrying-hunter", referring to how it carries air in its bones? If yes, I find the order of the elements weird. But it is also possible that I misidentified the boundaries between different parts of the word or otherwise misanalyzed it.