Most Popular Prehistoric Animals of 2009

Each year Everything Dinosaur reviews its product sales, web page views and a whole host of other data sources to try to identify the most popular prehistoric animals.  We conduct work with schools and students and get the pupils to tell us which are their favourite animals from the past.  In addition, we count up the number of drawings received from dinosaur fans and other items related to prehistoric animals and from our database we produce a top twenty list.

To view last years survey results: The Most Popular Prehistoric Animals of 2008

We would not pretend that our work is particularly valid, or indeed that it would stand up to any statistical scrutiny, but it is only a bit of fun and we do it so as to monitor trends in popularity amongst prehistoric creatures.  It also serves as a handy reference point should we be asked to look at new models or to produce an item of merchandise based on a new dinosaur.

We intend to publish the results of our analysis sometime after Christmas.  This year there has been a major piece of research undertaken into the number of dinosaurs named and identified from fossil remains found in the United Kingdom.  This “doomsday book” of dinosaurs, a research project conducted by the University of Portsmouth has helped consolidate and unify some disparate pieces of research and data.  This work has taken on greater importance as a more general review of genera is carried out.  Data from the census will help reinforce the argument put forward by some scientists for a re-classification of some of the Ornithopod specimens currently grouped under the Iguanodontids.  Likewise, this research may help with the re-definition of the Megalosaur Theropod group.

To read an article on this research work: First Census of UK Dinosaurs

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