Zuul is a genus of herbivorous ankylosaurine dinosaur named after the demon and demi-god Zuul, the Gatekeeper of Gozer, featured in the 1984 film Ghostbusters. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zuu…
The Brontosaurus dinosaur was discovered in 1879. In 1903 it was found to be the genus Apatosaurus, which took priority by being first described in 1877 (oldest name has priority). This meant the Brontosaurus never existed, until a 2015 study proved they were not the same dinosaur genus. scientificamerican.com/ar…
Dinosaur names like "Triceratops", "Stegosaurus" and "Velociraptor" are just the name of the Genus they belong to, and the actual species' names are "Triceratops prorsus", "Stegosaurus stenops" and "Velociraptor mongoliensis". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
In 2011 a fossil of a new genus species of Dinosaur called the Nodosaur was found in Canada with it's body mostly intact and its skin still on. nationalgeographic.com/ma…
Today I learned about Aachenosaurus, a genus of plant that was named after fossilized wood was mistakenly identified as a dinosaur fossil. The discoverer, Gerard Smets, was so embarrassed by his mistake that he withdrew from science completely. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aac…
When the dinosaur genus Syntarsus was discovered to share its name with a previously described beetle, an entomologist facetiously renamed the dinosaur Megapnosaurus, meaning "big dead lizard". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coe…
Today I learned of Yandangornis, a dinosaur-era bird that is so unique it is the only member of its genus, family and order. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yan…
Michael Crichton, author of Jurassic Park, has a dinosaur genus named after him. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cri…
There is an entire Genus of Dinosaur called "Irritator" because the first paleontologists to discover them were annoyed by period-incorrect earth samples in the surrounding rock en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irr…
The first known published illustration of a dinosaur bone came in the 1677 book The Natural History of Oxfordshire by Robert Plot. The bone was the lower part of a massive femur, which is believed to have belonged to a Megalosaurus, the first dinosaur genus to be described and validly named. blog.biodiversitylibrary.…
The Brontosaurus was thought to be a mistake, the creature had never existed. The animal was actually an Apatosaurus, a previously discovered dinosaur, and it should have had that name. Now it's been discovered that they actually are two separate animals, and the Brontosaurus exists again. scientificamerican.com/ar…
The Boston Museum of Science pulled a publicity stunt July 4, 1984 to promote their new dinosaur exhibit by carrying a 34 foot, 1,000 lbs., brontosaurus replica through downtown Boston by helicopter. boston.com/culture/lifest…
Brontophobia is an irrational fear of thunder and lightning - not a fear of brontosauruses. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ast…
Brontosaurus never existed. A paleontologist, rushing to outdo his rival, mistakenly believed that he had discovered the dinosaur, only to find out later that the incomplete skeleton that he found belonged to an Apatosaurus. redorbit.com/news/science…

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