I was looking through a thesaurus the other day and among the many words and synonyms I stumbled upon something unexpected: a new creature.  Well, it is not entirely new… it is related to a group of animals that no one has ever or will ever see alive but whose bones provide a glimpse into our prehistoric world.  From cute bed sheets, toys, and picture books to paleontologists studying them in labs, these are creatures full of mystery and fascination for children and adults alike.  I am of course speaking of dinosaurs.  But while the bones of a Tyrannosaurus Rex are found buried in the ground and can be seen on display in galleries at natural history museums, the bones of a “Dinothesaurus” are made up of nothing more than words and can only be discovered inside the book where they were written.  I doubt you will find one in any museum.  

This is a photo I took at at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.  And in case anyone was wondering, I love dinosaurs.
Just two species of Dinothesaurus have been discovered so far.  I’m sure there are many more out there, but only time will tell.  Here was the first discovery: the Thesaurus Rex of Happiness

A day or so later, while flipping through the pages of my trusty thesaurus, I stumbled upon the Stegothesaurus of Love.

I’m pretty sure I caught a glimpse of some others: a Brontothesaurus and a Thesauratops, but I’m not sure what words their bones are made of yet.  Hopefully I will find them next time I look through the thesaurus.

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