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Life by Name (Genus)
"If we measured success by longevity, then dinosaurs must rank as the number one success story in the history of land life"
Robert T. Bakker, The Dinosaur Heresies
This section of The Dinosaur Fan presents life forms alphabetically by their name (i.e., genus*). Most, but not all, life forms have three names; a common name used by the general public and two scientific names (i.e., genus and species) often used by paleontologists, anthropologists, naturalists, and other scientific groups. Common names are most often written in native languages and are usually different from country to country (e.g., in English if you’re in the USA, German if you're in Germany, in French if you're in France) whereas scientific names are generally used worldwide and are written in Greek, Latin, and sometimes in the local language of the location in which the fossils were found.


Common name = Saber-tooth Tiger
Scientific genus name = Smilodon
Scientific species names = S. californicus, S. fatalis, S. floridanus, S. gracilis

      * A genus is a group of organisms that are closely related and share similar characteristics (i.e., a familiar, broad category or kind). The genus acts to eliminate all characteristics that don't fit under its own definition and also acts to describe what the remaining characteristics have in common.
Use caution; check the data before you use it. NOTE: the information presented throughout this website has NOT been reviewed by any person or organization. All information has been gathered and/or synthesized by me. I am doing my best to provide accurate data however, if you use material from this website for any reason, I would advise you do so with EXTREME CAUTION as there is a good chance that omissions, errors and/or outdated information may exist.
Current Life Form Record Totals
No. of GenusNo. of Species

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