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On Thu, 28 Sep 1995, Bill Hunt wrote:
> >>BTW, I think the largest meat-eating dino shouldn't have a name that is
> >>too hard to pronounce/remember, especially for 6-year olds who need to
> >>know this bit of trivia. I would have named it Giganotosaurus rex, which
> >>could then be shortened to G-rex :-)
> >Giga-noto-saurus. Giant southern reptile. For anyone who knows a smidge of
> >mammal evolution, the "noto" is a VERY common word element in South American
> >taxonomic names.
> Most Dinosaurs are known by their scientific names, and most 6 year olds
> know the names of their Dinosaurs. Don't underestimate the ability of a 6
> year old to remember the name of the biggest, baddest meat eating dinosaur
> ever found! Except for "duckbill" I can't think of any "common" names for
> dinosaurs. In this country we have puma, couger, mountain lion, panther,
> and some others I can't remember right now, and it's all the same animal;
> > Felis concolor <.
How about "raptor" <---(popularized by the movie "Jurassic Park" and heavily
used right now when refering to any member of the Dromaeosauridae?
> In a perfect world this precocious interest in Dinosaurs presents an ideal
> opportunity to educate children about science, and how it works. Using
> Dinosaurs as a sort of template one could teach real science, beginning
> with scientific nomenclature right off, cause the kids are already using
> it. And within the framework of Dinosaurs one could teach biology,
> ecology, geology, math and statistics, and (God forbid) evolution.
> Interest remains high because the kids think they are learning about
> Dinosaurs. - Sigh - A perfect world.