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What got you interested in dinosaurs/prehistoric life?

Post by Dragonith on Wed May 12, 2010 10:44 am

Title says it all.

I'd say I got into it around when I was about 2 years old after my toy train burned me.(I liked trains before I started to know about dinosaurs)
I don't really remember the details,but my parents said immediately afterward I liked dinosaurs (it was around christmas,my other toy was a T-rex figurine).I started to learn the popular dino's names,mimic what I thought they behaved like,watched the documentaries and movies 24/7,and even wanted to become a paleontologist.I then learned over 100 different dinosaur names by heart.

So what's your story?
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Post by Dino589 on Wed May 12, 2010 12:29 pm

Really all I know is that it started back when I was 2... I just sorta immediately grew to like them... Started collecting books, movies, documentaries, toys.... Really Idk much. I've just liked them for about as long as I remember. lol.

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Post by schnautzr on Wed May 12, 2010 2:52 pm

Well, originally I was just into animals in general. So into them that before I started kindergarten, Mom bought the World Atlas of Animals (not a kids' book AT ALL) just to answer all my questions and let me look at the double-page full color biome plates. I knew more animals than anyone else I knew by the time I started school...and to this day I've been learning more about animals.

For me, dinosaurs were no more than plastic toys and kids' books until kindergarten, when I met a friend who was really into dinosaurs. I never got as into them as he did, but asked him all kinds of questions about them. A couple years later, my choice career changed from "zookeeper" to "paleontologist"-- but that didn't last long once I found out it was a hot job in the desert.

My interest in dinosaurs came to life again briefly in eighth grade when I found some books at my library (I had been reading dragon books) and decided to write a paper on dinosaur names.

Again, my interest went dormant through high school and most of college, but news articles on newly discovered fossils sparked a new interest in me again. Since then, I have become familiar with the PaleoDB.

One day, I thought, hmmm, I wonder if there are period-specific sporecasts for dinosaurs...and boom, I found Lords of the Past while making those sporecasts. Today, y'all know those sporecasts as Prehistoria, and my maintenance on those has kept me in the know on dinosaurs. Smile
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Post by Dragonith on Wed May 12, 2010 4:01 pm

Heh so in terms of similarities,we all seem to have gotten into dinos at a young age.

And when I asked my parents if I could be a zookeeper,they laughed and I didn't know why until they told me about "elephants"....I smacked myself with a pillow in disgust on that day.
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Post by schnautzr on Thu May 13, 2010 5:15 am

Elephant dung? Yeah, they told me, too...bummer, isn't it?
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Post by Dragonith on Thu May 13, 2010 10:38 am

Yep.You get to literally work "close" with the animals lol.
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Post by 94titano on Sun May 16, 2010 7:11 am

near as i can remember i've always had an interest in dinosaurs, and well, animals period.
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Re: What got you interested in dinosaurs/prehistoric life?

Post by DinoLord on Fri May 21, 2010 11:29 am

Back when I was a wee toddler, I must have forced my parents to tape Jurassic Park on television for me to watch, and I loved it. I got a bunch of dinosaur books and cheap toys. Then, when I was 4 years old, Jurassic Park III came out, and that further fueled my obsession. I bought a video of the movie, and got a lot of toys from the toy line. Over the years, I got a few dinosaur toys and my interest in dinosaurs started to fade a wee bit, until last year, when I found the Dinosaur Toy Blog.
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