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Dino Talk Jan 20-24, 2002: A Dinosaur Forum


"I just like it when thingsare spelt right and neat and tidy."
Hehehe...
Don't you mean "spelled right and neat and tidy"
I don't think "spelt" is a word...
But nothing against you, of course.

from Tim M., age ?, ?, ?, ?; January 24, 2002


I know it's aegyptiacus. I sometimes get confused with "S.aegypticus"
from jurassic park.

The bone wars were really interesting. You're right, da masta, it was a good time for paleontology, because so many well known dinosaurs were discovered and named! Cope also described many dinosaurs, but many of them are invalid. Such as Diclonius. The bonewar was a real fight to the death!
from Tim M., age ?, ?, ?, ?; January 24, 2002


Ok you can make Razorclaw and Slasher kill T-rex, but please please don't make it sound like it's way too easy or something.
from Gianna, age ?, ?, ?, ?; January 24, 2002


Of course, Gianna! Razorclaw and Slasher would kick T-rex's big fat... Sorry. I would've said that if things were like before, with all the nasty little buggers that insulted raptors. You had to hit them right between the eyes with insults, because facts didn't work on them. Wait a minute, "nasty little buggers"? "hit them right between the eyes"? What am I talking about?!!!!
from Joe Bob B., age almost 11, Menlo Park, ?, ?; January 24, 2002


Edward Cope named coelophysis and camarasaurus! I like both Cope and Marsh, it's a shame they hated each other so much. They even got people to vandalise each other's fossils. On the other hand, the "bone wars" was a great time for paleontology, so many new dinosaurs where found!
from da masta, age ?, ?, ?, ?; January 24, 2002


Homo Sapiens thing? Oh, you mean that story I wrote a while ago. I think I should've made it a little longer...
from Joe Bob B., age 10, Menlo Park, ?, ; January 24, 2002


"It's pretty amazing how many of the now well known dinosaurs were named by Othniel C. Marsh. Especially Allosaurus, Apatosaurus, Barosaurus, Ceratosaurus, Coelurus, Diplodocus, Ornithomimus, Stegosaurus, Triceratops..."

It's because of the bone wars. He was very motivated, because he was determined to prove himself better than Edward Cope.

You know why the whole thing started? Cope put a plesiosaur's head on the end of it's tail by accident and Marsh thought that it was very stupid and never forgave him. That's pretty sad.
from da masta, age ?, ?, ?, ?; January 24, 2002


"Spinosaurus aegypticus"

Very intersting post Tim but it's S. AegyptiAcus.

I just like it when things are spelt right and neat and tidy.
from da masta, age ?, ?, ?, ?; January 24, 2002


Here are the contenders for the largest carnivorous dinosaur:
(I tried to put them roughly in order of estimated size, and I'm always referring to the largest known specimen)

1. Tyrannosaurus rex : At it's largest, this dinosaur could probably
grow to 50-55 ft. long and weigh over 8 tons.

2. Spinosaurus aegypticus : The only good specimen of this dinosaur (discovered by Stromer and his team, 1911) was destroyed by allied bombing raids during WW2. It may have been the longest dinosaur, growing to over 55 ft. long, but it was less heavily built than Tyrannosaurus rex.

3. Giganotosaurus carolinii : This dinosaur could grow to over 45 ft. long and weighed about 8 tons.

4. Carcharodontosaurus saharicus : Roughly the same size as Giganotosaurus.

5. Allosaurus maximus : It is not for certain, but this dinosaur could possibly grow to 45 ft. long or more.
from Tim M., age ?, ?, ?, ?; January 23, 2002


It's pretty amazing how many of the now well known dinosaurs were named by Othniel C. Marsh. Especially Allosaurus, Apatosaurus, Barosaurus, Ceratosaurus, Coelurus, Diplodocus, Ornithomimus, Stegosaurus, Triceratops...
from Tim M., age ?, ?, ?, ?; January 23, 2002


I use the eeny meeny miney mo thing a lot, especially when I can't choose between two different things.

I know how it works by the way.

If one of the things lands on "eeny" then it won't be chosen
from gianna, age ?, ?, ?, ?; January 23, 2002


the most annoying thing is when our dog is barking at a possom all night GRRRRRRRR ><

I forgot to put this on my last message
from Tom G, age ?, ?, ?, ?; January 23, 2002


Yup there are lots of sheep in NZ . And i live on a farm so there are lots of sheep around my house (well at the moment there aren't we've got cattle instaed) but i can't really hear the bleating from inside my house so its not too bad.
from Tom G, age ?, ?, ?, ?; January 23, 2002


I get Joe Bob's homo sapiens thing! We make all these theories about dinosaurs, but a lot of what we know is probably very wrong, we have no idea what they where really like!
from da masta, age ?, ?, ?, ?; January 23, 2002


Tom G aren't there meant to be loads of sheep in NZ?

Imagine trying to get to sleep to constant bleating!

It's really annoying. On this camping trip I was on there where loads of sheep nearby, and it was real hard to sleep. GRRRRRRRRRRR.
from da masta, age ?, ?, ?, ?; January 23, 2002


"Even against T-rex?"

Yeah, well Gianna, that's DWF.
from da masta, age ?, ?, ?, ?; January 23, 2002


"We also do the "eeny meeny miny mo" thing! It's a world-wide phenomenon! :)"

Yeah. I think that Celtic druids used it to pick one slave or P.O.W from a group to sacrifice to the Gods. But I got the trivia wrong! I checked the Dinosauricon.
from da masta, age ?, ?, ?, ?; January 23, 2002


We also do the "eeny meeny miny mo" thing! It's a world-wide phenomenon! :)
from Tim M., age ?, ?, ?, ?; January 22, 2002


"I'll have to make Razorclaw and slasher win every time, though, that'll be fine."

Even against T-rex?
from Gianna, age ?, ?, ?, ?; January 22, 2002


Sure, Da Masta! I don't mind you using my characters for your stories! In fact, I'd really like to see some DWF stories that I didn't write.
from Joe Bob B., age 10, Menlo Park, ?, ?; January 22, 2002


"I'll just shut my eyes and this "eeney meeney miney mo" thing"

you have that there to? hehe
from Tom G, age ?, ?, ?, ?; January 22, 2002


Hey I read somewhere that this fossil people thought was "stegosaurus discurus" turned out to be Allosaurus Fragillis.
from da masta, age ?, ?, ?, ?; January 22, 2002


I have a question to Joe Bob B.

Could you please give me exclusive rights to write DWF scenarios? I know that it may sound strange, but given my laziness I really had no chance starting my own dinosaur fighting show, and since yours is going real good...

If you agree I promise to make them good.

I'll have to make Razorclaw and Slasher win every time, though, that'll be fine.

Please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

from da masta, age ?, ?, ?, ?; January 22, 2002


It's not celebrated here in the UK, I know. What about NZ Tom G?

nope its not
from Tom G, age ?, ?, ?, ?; January 21, 2002


I do agree that this site misses ssomething without Honkie. He was quite mild-mannered compared to some other people. I only disagreed with him one time, I think. About the issue of whether or not the "new carnosaur" was found in a group.
from Tim M., age ?, ?, ?, ?; January 21, 2002


Hmm, JC I think you're really expecting Honkie Tong to come back. More than anyone else who hasn't. (I'm not saying that he isn't going to, though!)

Also, I think WWD and WWB where really really good! Sure, you get those "I'm so clever" expert people who go "but ah, anurognathus was found in Germany, never in America," but so what? Only one skeleton has ever been found, there can't be ONE anurognathus, can there? There may well be anurognathus or relatives in the USA. Same goes for other "mistakes."
from da masta, age ?, ?, ?, ?; January 21, 2002
Yes, that's because he wrote me. Many people (including Honkie) don't use credit cards, so if he can manage to become a supporter it may take a while. JC


In terms of length, I am, I guess. I'll fix it.
But not in terms of weight. An average T-Rex weighed 6 metric tonnes,
While an average Allosaurus fragilis weighed about 1.3 tonnes. So it really only weighed slightly more than 1/6 of T-Rex' weight

from Tim M., age ?, ?, ?, ?; January 21, 2002


"Allosaurus already looks like it's on the short end of the stick.
A.fragilis, being 25-30 ft. long and weighing 1 - 1.7 metric tonnes, it is barely have the length of T-Rex and 1/6 the weight. What's more, Allosaurus doesn't nearly have T-rex' jaw power, and it's not quite as quick as T-rex.
But it's still capable of defending itself and inflicting a good amount of damage to the T-Rex. In the past, some had argued that T-Rex would die from his injuries. Now we're going to look at what would happen during the attack."

You're comparing a maximum size T - Rex to an average size Allo, Tim.
from da masta, age ?, ?, ?, ?; January 21, 2002


"It's a day off for us today, since it's Martin Luther King day.
I doubt it's celebrated anywhere but here."

It's not celebrated here in the UK, I know. What about NZ Tom G?
from da masta, age ?, ?, ?, ?; January 21, 2002


It's a day off for us today, since it's Martin Luther King day.
I doubt it's celebrated anywhere but here.

from Tim M., age ?, ?, ?, ?; January 21, 2002


Hellllooooo?!?

Where's everybody gone?!?
from da masta, age ?, ?, ?, ?; January 21, 2002


I reckon that since opisthocoelicaudia had such a big, thick and muscular tail, and the centre of it's weight would be really far back, it would have had a very long neck. Or one with none or few pleurocoels.
from da masta, age ?, ?, ?, ?; January 20, 2002


So when it's ready I'll read your essay Tim.

And where is Donovan?

Hey, you're not getting ignored. There's no excuse for not joining the discussions now! C'mon everybody, make this place livelier!
from da masta, age ?, ?, ?, ?; January 20, 2002


"Here's my own trivia!
1)Which of these two species of Amargasaurus is not a nomen nudum?
a. A cazauzi
b. A groeben"

Tough trivia to counter tough trivia, huh Tim?
I'll just shut my eyes and this "eeney meeney miney mo" thing.
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Groeben?

from da masta, age ?, ?, ?, ?; January 20, 2002


"What dinosaurs name means "near lizard"
Anchisaurus, I believe. *ROGER.*

And Camptosaurus is clled bent lizard because it's thigh bone is curved for some reason. I don't remember."

ACTUALLY IT'S BECAUSE THE FIRST SPECIMEN HAD NO STIFFENING BONY RODS ON IT'S DORSAL OR CAUDAL VERTEBRAE, UNLIKE THE OTHERS IN IT'S FAMILY. SO THEY THOUGHT IT WOULD BE A VERY FLEXIBLE ANIMAL, SO THEY CALLED IT "BENT BACK." ANOTHER DINOSAUR WITHOUT "SAURUS" FOR JASON. BUT THEN THEY REALISED THAT THIS NAME HAD ALREADY BEEN GIVEN TO ANOTHER ANIMAL, AND SINCE THEY LACKED CREATIVITY THEY JUST CALLED IT "BENT LIZARD."

THEN THE NEXT SPECIMEN WAS FOUND, EXACTLY THE SAME JUST THE BONY RODS WHERE PRESERVED VERY WELL ALONG THE VERTEBRAL COLUMN. BUT IT WAS TOO LATE TO CHANGE IT, SO THEY DIDN'T BOTHER.
from da masta, age ?, ?, ?, ?; January 20, 2002


"Wow, tough trivia.
1) Umm, I know the first chinese dinosaur named! I'm not sure it was the first ever found.(Chinese diggers probably found dinosaurs several thousands of years ago*YUP! THEY THOUGHT THAT THEY WHERE DRAGONS, AND GROUND UP THE BONES AND PUT THEM IN MEDICINES TO CURE DISEASES!* It's Mandschurosaurus! It's name means "Manchurian lizard" because it was discovered in the far Northwestern part of China, also known as Manchuria." *YES! BECAUSE THE CHINESE HAD NEVER HEARD OF PALEONTOLOGY BEFORE THEN, AND HAD NO PALEONTOLOGISTS, A RUSSIAN TEAM FOUND IT. ACTUALLY, MAYBE ONE OF THE CHINESE HELPERS DID, I DON'T KNOW, BUT THEY DUG IT UP. AND NOW IT'S IN THE ST. PETERSBURG GEOLOGICAL MUSEUM! AND I'VE SEEN IT MYSELF. AAAAND NOW IT'S CALLED GILMOREOSAURUS.

from da masta, age ?, ?, ?, ?; January 20, 2002


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