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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.
Dinosaurs appeal to a Victorian sort of "childhood wonder," emerging spontaneously in children, with little adult encouragement.
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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.
People have always known about dinosaurs but called them by different names.
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