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22 September 2011

Fame? No Thanks!

What makes most dinosaurs famous is either size or the awe in looking at their skeleton. Smaller dinosaurs have difficulty with the awe factor and most of the reason people seem to even recognize a Troodontid, as one example, is the Dale Russell conjecture about dinosaur intelligence (I thought growing up that it was an awesome theory, but creepy). The same applies to any of the dinosaurs that children and adults now recognize as a "raptor." We have the late Michael Crichton to thank for popular recognition of "raptors" even if what he was describing was Velociraptor antirrhopus (now back to its original name again Deinonychus antirrhopus) and not Velociraptor mongoliensis. In this way, Dromaeosaurus, by association, has become a recognizable dinosaur. It is, though, lumped in with other "raptors" most of the time and not distinguished by itself.

Regardless of that, we are still lucky enough to have all of those wonderful dinosaur creators in the Spore community who have, it would seem, collectively created every dinosaur imaginable and posted videos of their creation on the internet. One of these such would be this one below:

Also, I'm not a huge fan of current Nickelodeon shows, I have to give NickJr. a huge congratulations on competing with Dinosaur Train from PBS by producing the show Dinosaur Dan (a little healthy competition that leads to wider understanding in science is just fine by me!). At any rate, the NickJr. site for Dinosaur Dan possesses a clip of an episode all about Dromaeosaurus.

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