A conversation from a playdate today:
6-Year-Old Dino-Geek 1, pointing at the above picture in a dinosaur book: “Correct me if I’m wrong, but I believe that is a dinosaur.”
Me: “I think that’s a dimetrodon” (du-MEE-tru-don) (I should say that the book was written in Chinese)
6-Year-Old Dino-Geek 1, correcting my pronunciation: “Yes, that’s a dimetrodon” (du-MEH-tru-don)
6-Year-Old Dino-Geek 2, running up to take a look: “That’s not a dinosaur. The dimetrodon lived before the dinosaurs.”
Several hours later, I decided to look it up, and here’s what I found on Wikipedia:
“Dimetrodon is often mistaken for a dinosaur or as a contemporary of dinosaurs in popular culture, but it became extinct some 40 million years before the first appearance of dinosaurs”
How do they know this stuff?