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Name the Mamenchisaurus Contest

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Photo: © AMNH/R. Mickens


She’s new in town and she needs a name! Meet Mamenchisaurus, an 18-year-old vegetarian known for her 30-foot-long neck and for being one of the world’s largest dinosaurs. She recently arrived at the American Museum of Natural History, and thousands of people have come to see her so far. Like a lot of 18-year-olds, she also happens to love tweeting. But her full name, Mamenchisaurus hochuanensis, is too long to tweet. So let’s give her a nickname!

We’re inviting you to submit your suggestions for a chance to name Mamenchisaurus. Submissions will be accepted through Wednesday, May 25. Three finalists will win a giant dinosaur prize package from the Museum, and one winner will also receive an iPod touch, ready to load the Museum’s Webby-nominated apps. The new name of Mamenchisaurus will be announced on June 7, 2011.

Mamenchisaurus is the centerpiece of the Museum’s latest exhibition, The World’s Largest Dinosaurs. She lived about 160 million years ago in what is now China, laid eggs, and possibly lived in a herd. She weighed 13 tons and needed to eat about 1,150 lbs of food a day to survive. To learn more aboutMamenchisaurus, check out her video on YouTube or visit The World’s Largest Dinosaurs at the Museum. You can also read her story in the Museum’s Dinosaurs app.

Need to get to know Mamenchisaurus even better? Follow her daily updates as @Giant_Dino on Twitter.

Visit the contest page to submit your name!

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