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Re: dinosaur flatware
> but one of the biggest challenges I face is convincing people that
>pterosaurs, mosasaurs, plesiosaurs, ichthyosaurs, and pelycosaurs
>(e.g., _Dimetrodon_) are NOT dinosaurs.
My Significant Other and I were arguing over some educational CD Rom
stuff that I was annoyed with and he thought was ok. The topic of
discussion was the Microsoft's error of calling a Pteranodon a "flying
He argued that this was ok to do in an educational product if the
product was understood to be general. I disagreed.
He felt that this was putting the term "dinosaur" on this vast group
of prehistoric animals that became extinct at the KT and that this was
the generally percieved definition of "dinosaur". I disagreed that
this was a correct thing to do in an educational product.
After I explained to him JUST how unrelated (and by how many millions
of years) the two were, he changed his mind. What worked to convice
him was my comparison of iguanas and squirrels, and saying that to
claim a 'tree-climbing iguana' is a 'squirrel' was the same as
claiming a pteranodon was a 'flying dinosaur'. I think this helped
him grasp something he had never made a point to study, and which was
certainly never covered while I was in elementary school, nor high
school, here in the states (not even in my Geology or Biology
WE on the list know these are all different, but it takes a comparison
to something broadly known and not extinct for most mundane folk to