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Re:[Re:OOOOOLLLLLLDDDDD!!! dinosaurs (Humor)
Here are a selection of gems from "A Dictionary of Dinosaurs" (1977,
Piccolo Original Pan Books)
The cover illustration depicts a blue Triceratops engaged in mortal combat
with a sharp-toothed Iguanodon (damn those killer Maastrichtian
Comments in brackets are my own...
ANATOSAURUS: "Like all those hadrosaurs, they had very curious heads with
APATOSAURUS: "...is one of the best known and most attractive of dinosaurs."
(Damn I've got the hots for that sauropod!)
"It evolved at the end of the Triassic Period..."
(<Kenneth Branagh impression>: "Huge herds of Triassic diplodocids!")
DIPLODOCUS: "It too was a giant sauropod and flourished in the swamps and
lagoons at the end of the Triassic Period, 225 million years ago."
GALLIMIMUS: Complete entry = "A very small dinosaur of the Jurassic period."
ICHTHYOSAURUS: Complete entry = "Any individual ichthyosaur."
(can't comment without use of expletives...)
LIZARD: "...any reptile with an elongated body, four legs, a long tail and
a scaly coat."
(okayyyyy...to hell with pygopods, slow-worms and bob-tailed skinks!)
LONGISQUAMA: "...is specially interesting because the impressions these
scales have left leave scientists in little doubt that the scales were the
very first stage of the evolution of feathers."
MOSASAUR: "They resembled large fat fishes..."
PACHYRHINOSAURUS: "Pachyrhinosaurus gets its name, one suspects, because of
its similarity to today's rhinocerous"
(My mind is going...I can feel it...)
PHORORACHOS: "Phororachos was a large meat-eating bird which lived towards
the end of the Cretaceous period"
(There's a dog loose in the wood!)
POLACANTHUS: "...and was distinguished from other ankylosaurs by a series
of spikes on its back - not unlike a ceratopsian."
(Yog-Sothoth save me!)
YALEOSAURUS: "Yaleosaurus was a large Jurassic carnosaur, rather similar to
(How will this end???....*IN FIRE!!!*)