Thursday, April 8, 2010

Culture Lesson: The Mighty Brontosaurus / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

The brontosaurus was believed to be a long-necked, leaf-eating, tiny-headed dinosaur. The brontosaurus is not real. (Of course, if you want to live your live as a brontosaurus lover, you have my full support. I just want you to know the truth.)

...I know. This is hard to take, but as the result of scientific discoveries since the late 80s--when my deep, abiding love for the nonexistent entity began--has proven that what you and I think of as the brontosaurus is really the apatosaurus.

At some point, during my early childhood, the brontosaurus became the brachiosaurus—which might be different than an apatosaurus; when I was little the brontosaurus and the brachiosaurus were the same dinosaur—became a brontosaurus with a bump (and sometimes nostril as a brachiosaurus) on its head:

We are left with the apatosaurus. From Wikipedia:
Apatosaurus (pronounced /əˌpætɵˈsɔrəs/), including the popular but obsolete synonym Brontosaurus, is a genus of sauropod dinosaur that lived about 150 million years ago, during the Jurassic Period (Kimmeridgian and Tithonian ages). It was one of the largest land animals that ever existed, with an average length of 23 m (75 ft) and a mass of at least 23 metric tons (25 short tons).
No one is more sorry than I, Old People.

Additional Resources:
Apatosaurus article, Wikipedia

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