How do you name a dinosaur?

Tyrannosaurus rex, Stegosaurus, Velociraptor–what’s in a dinosaur name? Join paleontologist Roger Benson as he explains the process for naming a dinosaur species, and the different sources of inspiration scientists draw on to come up with memorable names for the fossils they find. 

Discover how paleontologists use anatomy, geography, historical figures, and even celebrities to add unique and informative names to the dinosaur family tree. Learn the inspiration behind names like Diplodocus and Stegosaurus in the fascinating world of paleontological nomenclature (the system of giving scientific names to species).