Help us help you: Name our new paleontological pal and win a guided tour of the new Hall of Paleontology!

By now you all should be acquainted with our new mascot:

T-Rex Trying to fit in!

He’ll be hanging out with us for the indefinite future, and it occurred to us that it might be polite to give him a name.

Well, that hasn’t gone smoothly, as you might imagine. In fact, the entire process reminds me of the infamous family shutout of ’92, when my sister was incubating and my two name suggestions — Maleficent for a girl, Pooch Patrol for a boy, naturally — were vetoed without so much as a vote.

Although in hindsight I think “Annie” does have a nicer ring, I’m dedicated to making this naming exercise a touch more fair. And that’s where you guys come in!

Here are the contest details: Leave a comment either here or on HMNS’ Facebook page with your suggestion of a name for our new spokes-dino. The top five submissions (read: our most favorite) will be selected by our online team, and then put to a vote on Facebook. The winner will get a guided tour for four of the new Hall of Paleontology — with more than 3 billion years and hundreds of species to cover, don’t you think you want a docent?

The power of social media is yours to harness, so use it!

The name nomination contest ends Friday at 5 p.m., so get your thinking caps on and come up with something our tireless T. rex can be proud of — just don’t ask him for a high five.

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32 thoughts on “Help us help you: Name our new paleontological pal and win a guided tour of the new Hall of Paleontology!

  1. I posted it on your FB wall, but I’m adding it here too. Doug! As in, you dig up fossils, dug…DOUG! It’s perfect!

  2. I pick the name “Tex”. I think this properly describes him as a “tough guy” and represents his home Texas!

  3. Terry Tyrannos. A tribute to the Greek origin of his name. Good luck to all! 🙂

  4. Mr T. Or maybe “King”. Or (last but not least), “Late for Dinner”.


  5. TALISMAN: anything whose presence exercises a remarkable or powerful influence on human feelings or actions.

    It is a mascot, lucky charm….. So if Talisman is too much, I suppose CHARM or LUCKY would work, but TALISMAN sounds strong!

  6. I like Winston. Not a name you’d expect of a tyrant king, but you also wouldn’t expect to find a tyrannosaurus with feathers, cuddling with his mate, or trying to catch a butterfly! Plus, wouldn’t it be wonderful to wonder in the world of Wyrex and Winston? 😉

  7. How about Cratos? Kratos is a minor Ancient Greek god or demon. His name comes from the Greek word for “power” or “strength”. But spelled with a C instead of K since it can reference the word “crator” Aka the The Chicxulub crater.

  8. Crockett

    After Davy Crockett – he came to Texas and made a big scene just like our new dino will!

  9. T Rex Nicknames:

    Bone Star (could be followed by Nate, Tate etc)

    Tex Rex

    Stretch (Armstrong)

    Space City Smitty

    Hermann Mark

    Just ‘Hermann’

  10. I thought of some names:

    Mr. Tyrant
    Mr. Rex or Ms. Rex
    Mr. King

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