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It's very simple why kids are crazy about dinosaurs -- dinosaurs are nature's Special Effects. They are the only real dragons. Kids love dragons. It's not just being weirdly shaped and being able to eat Buicks. It's that they are real.

ROBERT T. BAKKER, Honolulu Advertiser, Jul. 9, 2000

The great extinction that wiped out all of the dinosaurs, large and small, in all parts of the world, and at the same time brought to an end various lines of reptilian evolution, was one of the outstanding events in the history of life and in the history of the earth.... It was an event that has defied all attempts at a satisfactory explanation.

EDWIN H. COLBERT, The Age of Reptiles

The dinosaurs disappeared because they could not adapt to their changing environment. We shall disappear if we cannot adapt to an environment that now contains spaceships, computers — and thermonuclear weapons.

ARTHUR C. CLARKE, forward, Collected Stories

Dinosaurs may be extinct from the face of the planet, but they are alive and well in our imaginations.


Great white sharks, big storms - somehow, I think we like to be put in our place by awesome things. Dinosaurs do that.

SUE HENDRICKSON, Honolulu Advertiser, Jul. 9, 2000

The public image of dinosaurs is tainted by extinction. It's hard to accept dinosaurs as a success when they are all dead. But the fact of ultimate extinction should not make us overlook the absolutely unsurpassed role dinosaurs played in the history of life.

ROBERT T. BAKKER, The Dinosaur Heresies

The dinosaur's eloquent lesson is that if some bigness is good, an overabundance of bigness is not necessarily better.

ERIC JOHNSTON, Today's Realtor, Jan. 1998

If history repeats itself, I am so getting a dinosaur.

Scientists are complaining that the new Dinosaur movie shows dinosaurs with lemurs, who didn't evolve for another million years. They're afraid the movie will give kids a mistaken impression. What about the fact that the dinosaurs are singing and dancing?

JAY LENO, The Tonight Show

It has been argued that dinosaurs did not die out, but just evolved wings and flew away. At a certain level, this reasoning is sound.... Birds, as a group, did descend from dinosaurs and ... all 8,600 species of birds living today carry some inheritance from their reptilian ancestors.

DAVID RAUP, Extinction: Bad Genes or Bad Luck

It is bad news to science museums when four in ten Americans believe humans lived with dinosaurs, and fewer than two in ten understand the terms "molecule" and "DNA."

LARRY WITHAM, Where Darwin Meets the Bible

If we measured success by longevity, then dinosaurs must rank as the number one success story in the history of land life.

ROBERT T. BAKKER, The Dinosaur Heresies

Dinosaurs are the best way to teach kids, and adults, the immensity of geologic time.

ROBERT T. BAKKER, Honolulu Advertiser, Jul. 9, 2000

Did not learned men, too, hold, till within the last twenty-five years, that a flying dragon was an impossible monster? And do we not now know that there are hundreds of them found fossil up and down the world? People call them Pterodactyles: but that is only because they are ashamed to call them flying dragons, after denying so long that flying dragons could exist.


So does the Bible talk about dinosaurs? Yes, there are around twenty mentions of what we would call dinosaurs today. Why isn't the word dinosaur used to describe these animals? The King James Bible was translated into English in 1611; that was more than 200 years before Sir Richard Owen coined the word dinosaur in 1841. The word "dinosaur" meant "terrible lizard." The words that we will look at that are scriptural references to dinosaurs are the words "behemoth," "leviathan," and "tannin."


We all have a dinosaur deep within us just trying to get out.

You're not allowed to call them dinosaurs any more.... It's speciesist. You have to call them pre-petroleum persons.

TERRY PRATCHETT, Johnny and the Bomb

Dinosaurs are the uncontested stars of paleontology. Given their often spectacular morphology and extinction (or, rather, partial extinction--as birds are dinosaurs), when the Earth was struck by an enormous meteorite and immense volcanic eruptions shook the globe, they hog the limelight to such a degree that we often forget that before them there were other animals.

SEBASTIEN STEYER, Earth Before the Dinosaurs

The dinosaurs became extinct because they didn't have a space program. And if we become extinct because we don't have a space program, it'll serve us right.

LARRY NIVEN, attributed, The Doomsday Lobby

One day when the planet was idly
pressing stegosaurs in her scrapbook,
she threw out a whole plateau
of souvenirs from the Ordivician, on impulse.
She'd long since run out of places to put things.

SARAH LINDSAY, "Mount Clutter", Mount Clutter

The presence of feathers in tyrannosaurs and many other kinds of dinosaurs makes it very likely that the great T. rex was feathered, too. If the tyrant king was not fearsome enough already, just imagine it as an energetic, intelligent Big Bird from Hell.

STEPHEN BRUSATTE, "Rise of the Tyrannosaurs", Scientific American, May 2015

I would give ten years off the beginning of my life to see, only once, Tyrannosaurus rex come rearing up from the elms of Central Park, a Morgan police horse screaming in its jaws. We can never have enough of nature.

EDWARD ABBEY, Down the River

Nature was quick to pass the sponge of her deluges over these awkward sketches (dinosaurs), these first nightmares of Life.


If history repeats itself, I am so getting a dinosaur.


Dinosaur Trivia - a fun trivia quiz on dinosaurs.


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