Saturday, May 31, 2014


Five-and-a-half-year-old Rohan has got his dad and paternal grand-dad's focus and concentration. But what, other than an overdose of melodrama, did he inherit from me?

It took five years to figure it out: it's a love of words.

It was the case of the Cretoxyrhina that proved it. This prehistoric shark's common name is actually a cool one: "Ginsu shark," named for the way its teeth sliced through its prey. Yet, Rohan prefers the Latin. It's way more fun to say and write.


It could have been a one-off, one-shark phenomenon... but Squalicorax met a similar fate. Most people call this beast "Crow shark," but after a few trials, Rohan reverted to Squalicorax.

You say it. It oozes mystery and odiousness.

Since then, I take notice of which paleo-nasties Rohan likes:
  • Mosasaur
  • Hybodus
  • Stethacanthus
  • Liopleurodon
...and my favorite: Inostrancevia. 

This vicious early mammal's name is enough to liven up just about any mundane activity. I'm at work, getting water from the cooler, whispering to myself, "INOSTRANCEVIA!" Or maybe I'm on hold, waiting for a conference call to start. "Inostrancevia."


Oh, i guess there is someone else on the line after all.

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