The flaming T. rex and other new paleo memes

March 24, 2018

On Thursday an animatronic T. rex at the Royal Gorge Dinosaur Experience in Colorado caught fire and burned down to a stark metal endoskeleton. The story is all over the place – here’s the version from the Washington Post, with a couple of videos. Naturally people started making memes out of this arresting image. Andy Farke put me on to the “Hot T. rex” meme generator, and that led to some late-night meme-ing and now to this post. These are old news if you follow me on Facebook, btw.

Speaking of Any Farke, here’s something he wrote about this issue a few years ago (trying to offer some actual added value with this post).

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Heh. This one’s for Mike, who has long argued for a moratorium on “place-saurus” names.

Just gonna leave this one here without further comment…

Maybe I shouldn’t complain, since it keeps me in blog fodder.

Just sayin’.

I ended with this one because it is basically my scientific autobiography – I’m hard-pressed to think of a time this hasn’t happened. I mean, I do usually get my target, but there’s a lot of collateral data collection in the attention fallout zone.

8 Responses to “The flaming T. rex and other new paleo memes”

  1. Kenneth Carpenter Says:

    Combustion of the T rex was well deserved. It is an over ranted taxon.

  2. Kenneth Carpenter Says:

    over rated (not ranted – well, maybe it is)

  3. Mike Taylor Says:

    That last one got a literal LOL from me. Because that is, also, my life in palaeontology. (Example: I went the the NHM in 2006 to look at Ornithopsis and Eucamerotus, and instead found and become obsessed by Xenoposeidon.)

  4. Brad Lichtenstein Says:


  5. Brad Lichtenstein Says:

    Wait, is that the default avatar? I’m Grimace? Lol again!

  6. Andrew Stuck Says:

    I’m 90% sure that Argentinosaurus meme will also prove true for this supposedly new “Dracula” pterosaur vs. Hatzegopteryx.

  7. […] For previous adventures in meme-ing, see this post. […]

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