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Your Moral Panic About Triceratops Is Wrong

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I totally spaced posting about this before, but back in February 2011 I did a talk at Ignite Seattle titled “Your Moral Panic About Triceratops is Wrong”.

The gist of it is that some researchers announced that they believed that Torosaurus was really a very mature Triceratops, and there was panic on the Internets about Triceratops not being a real dinosaur anymore. In the talk, I discuss why that isn’t so (hint: species names have a system of priorities) and why it’s different than Brontosaurus vs. Apatosaurus or even Pluto. Plus, I got to use the phrase “Barely Legal Dinos” in the talk, which isn’t too shabby at all I think.

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