So apparently I grew up under the cloud of misconception when it comes to this dinosaur... I don't know quite how I feel about this. Here's the deal: there is no such thing as a Brontosaurus and never was such a creature. I know, it hurts a little. In life, there are always people trying to one up other people, and the brontosaurus came into existence due to a petty competition between two scientist/archeologists that were more concerned with having more discoveries than the other to carefully examine remains prior to announcing new findings.
Back in the late 1800's, Scientist A found a new dino skeleton missing it's head and named it the Apatosaurus. He fashioned a new head using the skull of another dino and put it on display. When his team found a full skeleton (incl head) of a dinosaur two years later, Scientist A enthusiastically named it Brontosaurus to outdo Scientist B yet again. A few years later, it was discovered that Bronto was the same as Apato and therefore Bronto does not exist. Bummer.
Well, I'm a little stubborn and I refuse to start calling my beloved Brontosaurus an Apatosaurus. After all, Brontosaurus means "thunder lizard" while Apatosaurus means "deceptive lizard"... Seriously? Can't we change Apato to Bronto? If there is a petition out there, I'd sign it!
Karen Obuhanych (kto ART) is a Hawaii-based artist who relishes in the simple, happy moments of everyday life.