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RE: When Dinosaurs Ruled China
> From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com]On Behalf Of
> Mike Taylor
> > A recent post mentioned that "When Dinosaurs Ruled China" was coming
> > to television. Is this a new program? Is it a new addition to the
> > "When Dinosaurs Ruled" series of videos or something completely
> > different? Will it be available on VHS? I searched on this title,
> > but didn't find out much about it.
I believe it is out on tape, but not positive. I aired in the U.S. early
> _WDRC_, on the other hand, was rather disappointing, featuring some
> interesting talking-head stuff but also some nonsense -- e.g. the
> claim that the only other group to share the pinched-metatarsal
> condition with the Tyrannosauria was "the raptors". The most bizarre
> thing about that was that the programme then immediately switched to a
> talking head shot of our very own Dr. Holtz, who went on to explain
> the tyrannosaurs were more closely related to "raptors" than to large
> Jurassic theropods. Rather misleading juxtaposition there!
Quite so!! The directors kept on asking me to say "raptor" for
"coelurosaur". I said that would be okay, kind of, if they established that
they were using "raptor" for "small bodied bird-like theropod". They said
they would. Oh well...
Cut out some of my better lines, too, although they kept the "therizinosaurs
as dinosaurs built by committee". For this I missed Ruben's SVP
presentation that year...
> So. If you happen to notice that _When Dinosaurs Ruled China_ in the
> TV schedules, by all means watch it; but I wouldn't bother going out
> of my way. To be brutally honest, the most interesting part was
> hearing Tom Holtz pronouncing "therizinosaur" with a long second "i",
> as in "therizynosaur". Oh well. Another to add to my list of
> mispronounciations. (I shan't swiftly forget when I met Ray Stanford
> and he mentioned Die-NON-i-kus, and it took me several seconds to
> realise that he was talking about the animal I'd known for years as
Die-NON-ee-kus is Ostrom's preferred pronounciation. (Pronounced like an
osculatory repast: dine on a kiss).
Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
Department of Geology Director, Earth, Life & Time Program
University of Maryland College Park Scholars
College Park, MD 20742
Phone: 301-405-4084 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Fax (Geol): 301-314-9661 Fax (CPS-ELT): 301-405-0796
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