The Joys of Proof Reading
Today a little proof reading of some signage and information panels for an exhibition we are working on was required. We had to proof a series of A2 sized information panels that are being printed to provide details of some prehistoric animals that are making up part of exhibition, Everything Dinosaur is going to be involved with over the Summer.
Team members are often asked to help out with such tasks, either devising the information for the panels or checking what the design team have come up with. We try to turn things around as quickly as we can in order to minimise any hold ups. Everything went well until we came to proof the panel associated with Ornithomimus. Rather than describe a genus such as Ankylosaurus, and Triceratops as with the other information panels, for some reason the panel on Ornithomimus referred to Ornithomimosaur, which in taxonomic terms relates to the Superfamily level rather than to a single genus (Ornithomimosaurs). The Superfamily is also referred to as Ornithomimosauria or indeed Ornithomimids. The name actual means “bird mimics”, as these animals are similar anatomically to large flightless birds such as emus and ostriches.
Ornithomimus was a member of a family of dinosaurs that are sometimes called “ostrich-like dinosaurs”, as they resembled flightless, long-legged birds such as ostriches and emus. This dinosaur may have reached lengths in excess of 4.5 metres (15 feet) long.
We added a range of facts to each of the data panels, hopefully when the exhibition opens the panels will provide visitors with extra information. Panels were checked on Ankylosaurus, Oviraptor, Triceratops and of course Tyrannosaurus rex.