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Re: Comprehensive list of popular dinosaur misconceptions (warning: sarcasm)
-- On Mon, 8/3/09, firstname.lastname@example.org <email@example.com> wrote:
> Hello, fellow list members. As sort
> of a follow-up to my 2006 post about
> popular dinosaur misconceptions, I have prepared an even
> more extensive
> look into what the average person "knows" about dinosaurs.
> Feel free to add
> things and comment on it, or to either laugh or cry
> depending on your
> 1.ÂÂÂ All dinosaurs lived at the same time.
Well, not exactly, but it was a _really_ long time ago, so what's the diff?
> 2.ÂÂÂ Dinosaurs mostly lived in palm
> tree-filled jungles with a lot of swamps
> and the occasional lava-spewing volcano.
Well, yeah, everybody knows that. Lots of ferns, too.
> 3.ÂÂÂ Plesiosaurs, mosasaurs, and other
> marine reptiles were dinosaurs.
Well if dinosaurs are reptiles, then it follows that marine reptiles are
dinosaurs. Besides, it was really a long time ago, right?
> 4.ÂÂÂ Dimetrodon was a dinosaur.
> 5.ÂÂÂ Prehistoric mammals were dinosaurs.
No, but armadillo's are descended from dinosaurs.
> 6.ÂÂÂ Pterosaurs were dinosaurs.
> 7.ÂÂÂ Pterosaurs were birds.
> 8.ÂÂÂ Pterosaurs were the ancestors of
> 9.ÂÂÂ Birds are not dinosaurs, even if they
> are descended from them. (What, do
> they magically stop being dinosaurs at some point?)
Sure! Just humans "magically" stopped being "monkeys"...
> 10.ÂÂÂ Dinosaurs and âcavemenâ lived at
> the same time.
> 11.ÂÂÂ Dinosaurs and Ice Age mammals lived
> at the same time.
> 12.ÂÂÂ _Carcharodon megalodon_ lived at the
> same time as the dinosaurs.
> 13.ÂÂÂ Oil consists of dinosaur remains.
What, you never saw a BP sign back in the 80's?
> 14.ÂÂÂ Dinosaurs were preserved in the La
> Brea tar pits.
> 15.ÂÂÂ Dinosaurs commonly died in tar pits.
> 16.ÂÂÂ Sites that preserve several dinosaur
> skeletons are usually the result
> of a cataclysmic volcanic eruption/flood/pit full of
> 17.ÂÂÂ The Ice Age killed the dinosaurs.
eâ, with dragging tails.
Actually, it was the movie-makers that got Godzilla wrong, not vice versa.
> 19.ÂÂÂ Sauropods were semiaquatic.
Define "semiaquatic". Why would a sauropod avoid a swamp? When your water
buffalo gets stuck, you go get an elephant to pull him out. If your elephant
gets stuck, a sauropod would come in very handy. And the bigger the better. But
I digress momentarily into seriousness. Sorry about that.
> 20.ÂÂÂ Brontosaurus is a valid name. (Why is
> this a misconception?
> Brontosaurus was already invalid in 1950-1960 when most
> people heard about
> it. Granted, the name change was published in a really
> obscure paper, but
> surely other papers mentioned Apatosaurus since then and
> the curators at
> the museums labeling their skeletons "brontosaurus" should
> have been aware
> of the error. Just why did it take until 1974 for the
> information to get
Because it was a really cool name that was in a lot of children's books. And
> 21.ÂÂÂ Brontosaurus was renamed Apatosaurus
> because it had been reconstructed
> with the wrong type of skull. (in actuality, this mistake
> wouldnât have
> made the name invalid!)
> 22.ÂÂÂ Brontosaurus didnât exist.
This is a long list. I have run out of gas. But I tried...
> 23.ÂÂÂ Brontosaurus was renamed
> 24.ÂÂÂ Brachiosaurus didnât exist.
> 25.ÂÂÂÂÂEvery sauropod is a
> 26.ÂÂÂ Every theropod over 30 feet long is a
> Tyrannosaurus rex.
> 27.ÂÂÂ Every theropod between 8 and 30 feet
> long is a Velociraptor.
> 28.ÂÂÂ Every theropod less than 8 feet long,
> including Velociraptor, is a
> 29.ÂÂÂ Every large bipedal dinosaur is a
> Tyrannosaurus rex.
> 30.ÂÂÂ Every chasmosaurine is a
> 31.ÂÂÂ Every stegosaur is a Stegosaurus.
> 32.ÂÂÂ Velociraptor was six feet tall or
> 33.ÂÂÂ Velociraptor did not have feathers.
> 34.ÂÂÂ Velociraptor was as intelligent as
> modern dolphins or chimps.
> 35.ÂÂÂ Velociraptor i
> no evidence for it has been found for Velociraptor.)
> 36.ÂÂÂ Velociraptor never existed, it was
> made up for Jurassic Park.
> 37.ÂÂÂ Tyrannosaurus had poor eyesight.
> 38.ÂÂÂ Tyrannosaurus could not hunt living
> 39.ÂÂÂ Dilophosaurus was venomous.
> 40.ÂÂÂ Dilophosaurus had a neck frill.
> 41.ÂÂÂ Dilophosaurus was half its actual
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