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RE: [Fwd: Dinosaur Society]
Knowing THEM - yes: most likely. :-) They have 2 adults, a male & a female.
They ARE impressive animals to be sure; even in our circa 1930's zoo! We
saw them ~ a month ago & it was 104 F that day and (with the Southern Texas
humidity) it was something like a Turkish bath.
Both specimens were outside & near their "pond", so they weren't obscured by
the plants in their habitat. We happened to be there right at feeding time
& it was an "interesting" spectacle.
They're a fairly new exhibit (our zoo sort of specializes in big cats), so
there was a large crowd of visitors present that day. Almost inevitably,
someone said; "Gee, they look just like dinosaurs!" :-) My wife shot me a
quick "Don't say a word!" glance, so I remained mute. But, from the front
of the crowd, this (perhaps) eight year old girl explained; "Their
resemblance to dinosaurs is only slight. Actually, modern lizards are not
much like dinosaurs." I chuckled to myself, as this rather red-faced older
guy walked off mumbling! :-) I assume he was the fellow who made the
Actually, the earlier point about dogma being a reasonable description, if
taken literally (as defined by Webster) is true. But, like the term dogma
has acquired a pretty negative connotation. Anyway, my point was that it
certainly appears that the dinosaur/bird link is gaining in acceptance.
Speaking of birds & dinosaurs, I have a question for the list: am I
correct in assuming that (ironically) the order Saurischia is closer to
birds that the Ornithischia? I'm sure this has probably been addressed
From: Peter Von Sholly [SMTP:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Thursday, August 27, 1998 9:11 PM
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Subject: Re: [Fwd: Dinosaur Society]
Yeah. but that's not what they mean, I bet. They're trying to palm
guys off as "still-surviving dinosaurs", don't you think?
> From: Jonathon Woolf <email@example.com>
> To: Dwight.Stewart@VLSI.com
> Cc: 'firstname.lastname@example.org'; Dwight.Stewart@VLSI.com
> Subject: Re: [Fwd: Dinosaur Society]
> Date: Thursday, August 27, 1998 6:51 PM
> Stewart, Dwight wrote:
> > 2) Our local zoo, EVER THE PROMOTERS, have been advertising
> > Kommodo Dragons (sp?) as "dinosaur survivors". I'm just anal
> > enough for this to rub me slightly wrong.
> Drop one of the M's, and it'll be right. As for the wrong-way
> same way, but I rationalize it thusly: I dunno how old the genus
> but certainly the varanid lizards have been around since the
> Komodo dragon lizard's ancestors did survive the K-T extinction,
> -- Jon W.