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Re: layperson

> Use the word raptor to get your audience of non-paleopeople's
>attention, and then point out the problems.  as for the
>Brontosaurus/Apatosaurus thing, most of us grew up with Brontosaurus, and
>general public doesn't care enough to learn that it has changed.  

I side with the bearded one on this... scrap Apatosaurus and go with
Brontosaurus. I believe common usage should overide debatable taxonomy
in most cases.>>

I wouldn't go that far.  but most animals have a common name and a scientific
name.  Scientists decide the scientific names, we decide the common ones.