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What's Your Favorite Dinosaur?

Dr. Horner begins the talk asking if there are 3 to 12 year olds in the crowd.

Does anyone remember their favorite dinosaur? I am partial to the Stegosaurus, heavily influenced by the Land Before Time movies.

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  • Feb 19 2012: My 9-year-old paleontologist-want-to-be favors the Parasaurolophus. Most adults look at him like he has two heads when he says that. So then he says Velociraptor is number two. They all smile and nod at that one. :)
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  • Feb 18 2012: dorkasaurus :)
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    Feb 17 2012: Generally all Ankylosaurs, I don't think I had a favorite one. Maybe something like http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minmi_(dinosaur)
    • Feb 18 2012: me too! i won an art contest with a drawing of one. the prize was a night tour of the prehistoric park at the zoo.. full-size realistic dinosaur statues in the dark.. oooo.
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      Feb 18 2012: Mine was also any kind of Ankylosaur! That was mostly because I always used to imagine them knocking out peoples ankles with their tails, I thought it was the funniest image in the world as a kid
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    Feb 17 2012: That dead one.
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    Feb 20 2012: The one wearing glasses - Dyathinkisaurus
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    Feb 20 2012: My sister and I always favored the stegasaurus, as he could be modeled so easily from meat loaf and potato chips.
  • Feb 19 2012: Well, if we're limiting the discussion strictly to dinosaurs -- not early tetrapods or later mammals or other groups -- I've always been rather partial to the hadrosaurs, the duck-billed dinosaurs. They're herbivorous, they display a lot of variety within the type, and our first evidence of maternal behavior among dinosaurs came from discovery of hadrosaur nests, which gives them an endearing, docile quality.

    However, if I were to pick my favorite extinct animal of all time, it would probably be Ambulocetus. He is representative of a long chain of (mostly) recently discovered fossils that demonstrate the gradual transition from land animals to modern whales and dolphins...one of the most spectacular examples of adaptation in the long history of life on our planet. To this day, certain whales possess vestigial hip bones, and occasionally a whale or dolphin is born with atavistic, non-functional hind limbs...a reminder of their ancient heritage as land dwellers.
  • Feb 19 2012: Ceolophysis. Small, quick, and they come in bulk.
  • Feb 18 2012: My sister and I would always debate which was better, the Stegosaurus or the Triceratops. I would always favour the Stegosaurus, since I had a cool glow in the dark model of one haha. And it's got a nice spiky tail ;)
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    Feb 18 2012: Triceratops!
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    Feb 18 2012: Diplodocus - it was the first dinosaur I remember reading about when I became fascinated by them.
  • Feb 18 2012: mine has always been triceratops, my nine year old son's is a velociraptor
  • Feb 18 2012: Republisaurus Wrecks?
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    Feb 18 2012: My favorite was the Triceratops, highly influenced by the Dinosaucers cartoon and then by Jurassic Park movie.
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    Feb 18 2012: ralph nadersaurus
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    Feb 18 2012: Deinonychus! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deinonychus

    But I like a lot of others as well because I'm a general dinosaur fan.
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      Feb 18 2012: Ha!
    • Feb 19 2012: although strictly, pteranodon is not a dinosaur. but i see what you did there. :-)
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    Feb 18 2012: Triceratops are kind of neat.

    My kids love Barney :)

    Shel Silverstein has a neat poem about dinosaurs...there is even a recording of him reading it.
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      Feb 18 2012: I love barney. I believe he was a t-rex with uncharacteristically long arms and an amazing capacity for self-control, considering he never ate the children he played with!
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        Feb 18 2012: HA....HA....HA....and thank goodness for his self-control!!!
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    Feb 17 2012: I am also partial to the Stegosaurus (or 'Steggo's as we used to call them as children).

    Although my favorite would have to be Archeopteryx
    Almost a tasty chicken, but still with a fully fledged dinosaur, what more could we ask for..