For this interactive project, I wanted to get back to basics and see how familiar everyday people are with some simple dinosaur information, such as their relative sizes and chronological order.
So far, the participants have a 58% accuracy rate. They do much better with size (73% correct) than chronology (20% correct), which is probably not surprising. Dinosaurs’ appearances in media usually show them in relation to other dinosaurs, so their size is relatively easy to remember, while media are much less scrupulous about showing dinosaurs segregated by their proper time periods. Stegosaurs, for instance, regularly appear with Tyrannosaurs, even though Stegosaurs lived longer ago from Tyrannosaurs than Tyrannosaurs did from us.