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An attraction to dinosaurs

Children's attraction to dinosaurs suggests that the giant creatures appeal to something innate in the human psyche.

A simple explanation is that images of dinosaurs convey the excitement of danger while posing no real threat. From a child's point of view, dinosaurs are very old and very big, just like grown-ups.

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People have always known about dinosaurs but called them by different names.

The reason for the popularity of dinosaurs is that their symbolism is flexible enough to accommodate a vast range of meanings.

The most popular representations of dinosaurs ignore the limits imposed by paleontology.

By inspiring fantasy in children, dinosaurs can reduce a child's feeling of helplessness. Unlike the power of adults of assertive peers, dinosaur power is under a child's thumb.

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