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(NPR)   That whole "brontosaurus" thing? Never happened   (npr.org ) divider line
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2012-12-10 02:25:23 PM  
Haha! Right! Next they'll try to tell me Pluto isn't a planet!
 
2012-12-10 02:27:50 PM  
janbraum.unas.cz

"that's bullshiat, mate!"
 
2012-12-10 02:30:37 PM  
I always thought they should have just changed the name to brontosaurus.
 
2012-12-10 02:32:00 PM  
Duh. The docents at the CMoNH will gladly relate you that story to you when you get to the Apatosaurus on the tour.

/The redesigned Dinosaur Hall, btw, is pretty damned cool.
 
2012-12-10 02:40:11 PM  
Brontos Of Unusual Size?

I don't believe they exist.
 
2012-12-10 02:41:01 PM  
1.bp.blogspot.com

Shattered
 
Pud
2012-12-10 02:43:29 PM  
I think I just found the name for my next alt. - Edward Drinker Cope

/Would probably make a good name for a band too.
 
2012-12-10 02:47:37 PM  
I would never eat an Apatoburger.

Therefore, they're brontosauri to me.
 
2012-12-10 02:50:28 PM  
The brontosaurus does not exist because it isn't in the bible. When will you back-sliding atheists and evolutionists realize that jesus loves you and wants to forgive your sins/ride velociraptors with you?
 
2012-12-10 03:00:06 PM  
Why can't they do the right thing and just rename the Aptosaurus to Brontosaurus? Bronto is clearly the superior prefix.
 
2012-12-10 03:00:08 PM  
media.npr.org

Did they remodel? I went to the Carnegie museum around 8 years ago when I had 12 hours to kill before my flight home from Philadelphia and I don't remember this display. (Incidentally, if you travel a lot and you like science/natural history museums, consider buying a membership to your local museum. There's an exchange program.)

"In 1979 the correct head was placed atop the museum's skeleton."

One thing I do remember was a different skeleton which once upon a time had the head on the wrong end before they figured it out.
 
2012-12-10 03:00:39 PM  
first Pluto, now this. Science is ruined!
 
2012-12-10 03:01:55 PM  

ShawnDoc: Why can't they do the right thing and just rename the Aptosaurus to Brontosaurus? Bronto is clearly the superior prefix.



There are rules about this stuff -- Since Apatosaurus was named first, renaming it would be the wrong thing.
 
2012-12-10 03:05:43 PM  

phaseolus: ShawnDoc: Why can't they do the right thing and just rename the Aptosaurus to Brontosaurus? Bronto is clearly the superior prefix.


There are rules about this stuff -- Since Apatosaurus was named first, renaming it would be the wrong thing.


But sometimes the wrong thing feels so right.

/Brontosaurus!
 
2012-12-10 03:17:25 PM  
www.getbig.com
 
2012-12-10 03:20:33 PM  
Really? Didn't you people read Jurassic Park?
 
2012-12-10 03:21:47 PM  
They taught the "Brontosaurus" mistake to my kid in school years ago. Not newsy no more.
 
2012-12-10 03:37:43 PM  

OtherBrotherDarryl: They taught the "Brontosaurus" mistake to my kid in school years ago. Not newsy no more.


Pretty sure they did in the 80's when I was in school as well.
 
2012-12-10 03:40:01 PM  
Oh yeah? Then where did this Brontosaurus burger come from?

www.jamescanzanella.com
 
2012-12-10 03:45:12 PM  
And here I'd hoped it had a message for us.
 
2012-12-10 03:54:51 PM  

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2012-12-10 04:09:19 PM  

phaseolus: Did they remodel?


Yes, about 4-5 years ago. They blew out a wall and built out into an interior courtyard. They also rejiggered the skeletons so that they're in more natural positions.
 
2012-12-10 04:12:10 PM  

ShawnDoc: OtherBrotherDarryl: They taught the "Brontosaurus" mistake to my kid in school years ago. Not newsy no more.

Pretty sure they did in the 80's when I was in school as well.


They did. At least in my smarty-smart classes in the 80's-90's.
 
2012-12-10 04:18:15 PM  
Seriously, I thought we cleared up the Brontosaurus-Apatosaurus thing back in the early 2000s.
 
2012-12-10 04:20:10 PM  
"Brontosaurus means 'thunder lizard,'" he says. "It's a big, evocative name, whereas Apatosaurus means 'deceptive lizard.' It's quite a bit more boring."

Because all those 2nd graders who are getting excited about dinosaurs speak and understand classical Greek.
 
2012-12-10 04:25:11 PM  

Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: They also rejiggered the skeletons so that they're in more natural positions.



Ah, I see that now. Back in the day museums mounted them in this

rlv.zcache.com

...position, didn't they?
 
2012-12-10 04:42:03 PM  
So we're sure that these guys didn't make it on the ark, right?
 
2012-12-10 04:45:28 PM  
bull farking shiat. I saw one in Jurassic Park.
 
2012-12-10 04:48:00 PM  

unlikely: "Brontosaurus means 'thunder lizard,'" he says. "It's a big, evocative name, whereas Apatosaurus means 'deceptive lizard.' It's quite a bit more boring."

Because all those 2nd graders who are getting excited about dinosaurs speak and understand classical Greek.


Apatosaurus sounds like a dinosaur that isn't motivated to do anything unless you ride its ass and nag it to death.
 
2012-12-10 04:49:00 PM  
Of course the brontosaurus isn't its own species. Those skeletons are just the babies.
 
2012-12-10 04:49:21 PM  
i.imgur.com

Seriously, they've been going on about this since the 1980s. We get it. We all call it brontosaurus. You fancy academic types call it apatosaurus. Chlorophyll borophyll, it's just a farking name. Change it already. One means deceptive lizard, the other means thunder lizard. You really wanna get all scientific on us? Well here comes some science: they're not lizards at all. The whole name "dinosaur" is misleading, and you already knew that. And we don't see you insisting on changing THAT name. So please get your pedantic etymology the f'n F out of my face and give us brontosaurus already.

/rant
 
2012-12-10 04:50:02 PM  

Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: phaseolus: Did they remodel?

Yes, about 4-5 years ago. They blew out a wall and built out into an interior courtyard. They also rejiggered the skeletons so that they're in more natural positions.


Considering they use to be posed so they were mowing the lawn and reclining in a La-Z-boy...
 
2012-12-10 04:51:57 PM  
Reminds me of the guy at work who has an argument that can be paraphrased as "Scientists brontosaurus'd, therefore Creationism."
 
2012-12-10 04:52:30 PM  
The Pluto argument in the comments is amusing.
 
2012-12-10 04:53:04 PM  

unlikely: "Brontosaurus means 'thunder lizard,'" he says. "It's a big, evocative name, whereas Apatosaurus means 'deceptive lizard.' It's quite a bit more boring."

Because all those 2nd graders who are getting excited about dinosaurs speak and understand classical Greek.


I got excited about dinosaurs in 2nd grade, and you're damned sure I learned what all of the names meant.

/yes, I did get beat up a lot
 
2012-12-10 04:56:16 PM  
Brontosaurus was a made up term to sell burgers to the gullible cave dweller of the day. Like 100% Angus.
 
2012-12-10 04:58:54 PM  

CapeFearCadaver: ShawnDoc: OtherBrotherDarryl: They taught the "Brontosaurus" mistake to my kid in school years ago. Not newsy no more.

Pretty sure they did in the 80's when I was in school as well.

They did. At least in my smarty-smart classes in the 80's-90's.


Yep. Stephen Jay Gould wrote an article about this around then, and he included that article in a book a few years later in 1991. Link
 
2012-12-10 04:59:04 PM  

dletter: Oh yeah? Then where did this Brontosaurus burger come from?

www.jamescanzanella.com


It never existed. Clearly that's been Photoshopped.

Luckily, I have the original.

i45.tinypic.com
 
2012-12-10 05:02:01 PM  

Abe Vigoda's Ghost: dletter: Oh yeah? Then where did this Brontosaurus burger come from?

[www.jamescanzanella.com image 387x282]

It never existed. Clearly that's been Photoshopped.

Luckily, I have the original.

[i45.tinypic.com image 400x291]


Why would someone ruin original cave paintings?
 
2012-12-10 05:02:03 PM  
So what did Jesus ride in the picture?!??!?!?
 
2012-12-10 05:02:59 PM  

Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: Duh. The docents at the CMoNH will gladly relate you that story to you when you get to the Apatosaurus on the tour.

/The redesigned Dinosaur Hall, btw, is pretty damned cool.


Yes, but there was something stately and traditional with the old hall and I miss it sometimes.
 
2012-12-10 05:04:20 PM  
See and people accept evolution as fact when everyone knows it's just a theory.

They can't even decide if brontosaurus really existed or not. There's no such thing as fossils, it's oddly shaped rocks that scammers sculpt to resemble some huge beasts. If the truth ever came out they would lose their funding.

Open your eyes to the truth people!
 
2012-12-10 05:06:10 PM  

ShawnDoc: OtherBrotherDarryl: They taught the "Brontosaurus" mistake to my kid in school years ago. Not newsy no more.

Pretty sure they did in the 80's when I was in school as well.


No kidding. My 2 year old watches "Dinosaur Train" and knows this.
 
2012-12-10 05:07:12 PM  
It's a name...it's dead...get over it.


Next thing you'll tell me is AC is better than DC...
 
2012-12-10 05:09:58 PM  
Man, I've known this since at least the early 1990s... It is in literally the very first Wikipedia entry for apatosaurus fer chrissakes .
 
2012-12-10 05:15:47 PM  
heh, Bone Wars
 
2012-12-10 05:18:34 PM  
i.qkme.me
 
2012-12-10 05:19:57 PM  
Hello and welcome to the previous century.

www.clublexus.com
 
2012-12-10 05:20:08 PM  
I had no idea anyone actually used the name Brontosaurus anymore. Srsly? People still thought that was a Dinosaur? Geez...I thought that was settled sometime in the 60's.
 
2012-12-10 05:29:28 PM  

theurge14: [i.imgur.com image 510x275]

Seriously, they've been going on about this since the 1980s. We get it. We all call it brontosaurus. You fancy academic types call it apatosaurus. Chlorophyll borophyll, it's just a farking name. Change it already. One means deceptive lizard, the other means thunder lizard. You really wanna get all scientific on us? Well here comes some science: they're not lizards at all. The whole name "dinosaur" is misleading, and you already knew that. And we don't see you insisting on changing THAT name. So please get your pedantic etymology the f'n F out of my face and give us brontosaurus already.

/rant


What the hell is a rant?

eter22.files.wordpress.com
 
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