So I decided to go the music route. Some were suggesting archeological terms, some wanted me to get political, but in the end I decided to base the name on one of my favorite bands from the 90's, Dinosaur Jr, and their frontman, J Mascis.
TRANSCRIPTION COURTESY OF JOSEPH HOUK - (CW) "Any other dinosaur naming ideas? Like in pop culture or music?" (MG) "Well, I..." (CW) "And no, we're not gonna name him after a Dinobot." (Nicki, looking only a little worse for wear, projecting a video of a 1980's singer) "There's Dinosaur Jr., an alternative rock band from the 80's and 90's, led by singer and guitarist J Mascis." (CW) "Hmmm... Mascis has a nice ring to it... Though I'd rather spell it M-A-S-C-U-S!" (MG) "That sounds pretty cool!" (CW) "So it's settled, then?" (BG) "Fine with me!" (CW) "Okay... Welcome to the 21st Century, Mascus!" (Mascus, going over to the couch) "Rawwnk!" [...and he promptly starts scratching up her recliner – SKRITCH SKRITCH] (CW) "...And thanks for shredding my recliner." (BG) "I hope he also buries his turds like a cat..."