Obsolete Dinosaurs

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Nabisco’s Paleoscincus

If there’s anything worse than going extinct, it’s going extinct twice.

As a little boy, I was on fire to learn all that I could about dinosaurs. Uncle Bernie patiently read to me, over and over again, from my dinosaur books. Later in life I discovered how badly he’d butchered the pronunciation of the names–but so what?

Alas! Some of my favorite dinosaurs have been abandoned, rejected, cast out by today’s scientists–who will someday find their own work abandoned, rejected, and cast out by tomorrow’s scientists.

*Paleoscincus. Waddaya mean, it never existed? You could find a perfectly good one in a box of Nabisco Wheat Honeys or Rice Honeys.

*Trachodon, the archetypal duck-billed dinosaur. Look! Here’s a whole mob of Trachodons!

What do the Marx Trachodon and Constantinople Have in Common?

Now we are told Trachodon was a 19th-century blunder reconstructed from teeth from two unrelated groups of animals. I must have a dozen of these Marx Toy Co. trachodons in my dinosaur box. No, they’re not for sale! And hang in there, guys, there’s hope. Remember how they got rid of Brontosaurus for several decades, only having to bring it back last year.

*Deinodon, a fearsome carnivore on a par with Tyrannosaurus rex–only now we’re told that it, too, was cobbled together from teeth from unrelated animals. Who is there left so hardy (or so daft) as to defend poor Deinodon?

*Aliwalia rex, the supersized carnivore from way back in the Triassic–a leg bone and a jaw bone from two different animals put together to make an awesome dinosaur that now they say never existed. Aliwalia lasted just long enough to get some authoritative words about him published in several dinosaur books.

Well, some of today’s dinosaur all-stars will one day be dismissed: don’t get too attached to any of them. Thank heaven I never got that Paleoscincus tattoo…

‘Your Old Toys Are Worth Big Bucks’ (2014)

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The Marx dinosaur play set. Mine was an earlier, simpler version. But look at all the dinosaurs and cavemen!

I have to think about this. The dinosaur play set my father said we couldn’t afford, back circa 1960, cost $5. It contained many toy dinosaurs. Now, just one of the smallest of those little plastic dinosaurs sells for $5. All the dinosaurs and cave men in the set, sold individually, would fetch several hundred dollars–several times what my father was earning per week at the Ford plant. And that was a good job!


I keep these toys because they remind me of the people who gave them to me: my grandparents, aunts and uncles, and my mother and father are all gone, but I can still feel their love. When I handle one of these, it calls up sunny days in the sandbox.

Besides which, I still think these were really cool toys.