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Welcome to CoreFacts, where we're always short on time and big on science. I'm Danielle Eganhouse. Today's question is about scientific classification.
How are dinosaurs named?
Dinosaurs generally are named after a characteristic body feature, after the place where they were found, or after a person involved in the discovery. Usually the name consists of two Greek or Latin words. In order, these are the genus and the species name. For example, the Greek and Latin combination Tyrannosaurus rex means "king of the tyrant lizards." Biologists name modern animals exactly the same way. Some examples include humans (Homo sapiens), domestic dogs (Canis familiaris), and rattlesnakes (Crotalus horridus).
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Title: How are dinosaurs named?
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Date Recorded: 7/11/2008
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