As science proceeds forward, new paleontological data–which means new specimens and measurements of bones–suggests that Brontosaurus is really a different genus than Apatosaurus. I’m thrilled for two reasons.  First, what child who grew up loving Brontosaurus wouldn’t be happy to see it reinstated for sentimental reasons alone. But secondly, and more importantly, I’m always pleased to see that a field of scientific inquiry is open to acknowledging previous misinterpretations, revisiting and revising long held beliefs. It’s how our own species makes scientific advances.

All that said, it could be too early yet to know if the restoration of Brontosaurus will stick.  That’s another terrific thing about science, and especially paleontology, namely that it’s full of surprises. Stay tuned.

For more on this announcement, check out http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/04/150407085256.htm

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