We are aware that elephants today are capable of causing considerable damage to the African savannah because of the way that they can tear up and knock down mature trees.
What might a herd of 40-tonne brontosaurs have done?
After all, the brontosaurus was everywhere, probably second only to the really took hold, Was (not was) had a big hit in 1987 (UK) and 1989 (US) with “Walk the Dinosaur,” which featured a dance in the music video, “the dinosaur,” done with forward motions of the hand/wrist to mimic a brontosaur’s neck, the most recognizable neck of all Dinosauria.
An aside: though “Walk the Dinosaur” became a dance craze song like The Twist or The Hustle (but the dinosaur dance never caught on that much beyond the cave-girls in the music video) originally it wasn’t a dance song.
MTV and near-mandatory music videos for singles changed everything: prior to the music video with cave-girls and dinosaur dance—complete with “follow the dancing ball” caption-instructions to teach you the three steps to the “do the dinosaur” dance—, straining our ideas about the laws of physics and biology.
Its short, stubby legs relative to its massive body brings to mind a cross between a dino-dachshund and Godzilla.It’s a plot, a dastardly plot sponsored by the apatophiles–that covert society long dedicated to gaining support for Marsh’s original name against a potential appeal to the plenary powers. Whatever noise they made, whatever assassinations they attempted, they could never get anyone to pay attention, never disturb the tranquillity and general acceptance of Brontosaurus. and Stephen Jay Gould essay viewable on Google Books: Bully for Brontosaurus According to the ICZN Code, the first designated name for the species reigns, but the Zoological Congress of 1913 in Monaco added the plenary powers rule, an appeal process whereby applications to “suppress” the oldest name, if the current name is better and more well-known, could be reviewed.But now that the Post Office has officially adopted Brontosaurus, they have found their opening. Gould describes the 1913 adoption of the plenary powers rule as a response to what I’d call In “Bully for Brontosaurus,” Stephen Jay Gould cities Dinny the dinosaur as an example of brontosaurs in popular culture.Responding to the great Apatosaurus flap, Postal Bulletin Number 21744 proclaimed: “Although now recognized by the scientific community as Apatosaurus, the name Brontosaurus was used for the stamp because it is more familiar to the general population.Similarly, the term “dinosaur” has been used generically to describe all the animals, even though the Pteranodon was a flying reptile.” Touché and right on; no one bitched about Pteranodon, and that’s a real error.I especially treasured the stegosaurus stamps, stegosaurus is my favorite dino. – The Museum of Unnatural Mystery These postage stamps were great; I was more inclined to mail letters when they could be stegosaur-stamped letters.But the Postal Service got a mass of Comic Book Guy-type complaint letters demanding retraction of the brontosaurus name in favor of the apatosaurus name, and the media who had covered the release of the dino stamps since it was one of the first times USPS issued special stamps (unveiled at Disney World the year me/my family were there), got similar complaint letters.“brontosaurus,” accessed November 29, 2013 According to the brontosaurus information at the American Museum of Natural History, when paleontologist Elmer Riggs (Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago) published his study in 1903 showing the apatosaurus found was actually a juvenile example of the genus, not separate from brontosaurus, it technically ended the matter, “officially” the apatosaurus name took precedent from 1903 onwards. I still learned about “thunder lizards” in elementary school.Amidst the late ’80s-early ’90s “dino-mania” brontosaurs were widely seen (and labeled brontosaurus), so when and how did apatosaurus displace the brontosaurus name?These animals would have exerted enormous forces on the ground when they walked.On soft substrate, the pressure from the feet of such dinosaurs would have distorted the earth at a depth of a metre or more beneath the surface…