I'm sending the tuition bills to Stephen Jay Gould. After, all, it was hearing me read aloud a charming essay of Gould's in The New York Times about his early love of dinosaurs that prompted my son, Brendan, to confide, "Daddy, I love dinosaurs, too. I wanna be a planeatologist when I grow up."

Of course, some days it's a spaceman or a detective, but just as often his career goal at age 5 has something to do with dinosaurs.

It's not entirely Gould's fault. Dinosaurs have been Brendan's obsession since his earliest days—an obsession he shares with a growing number of his peers. While dinosaurs have always held an attraction for kids, today's kids seem to live and breathe dinosaurs.

We have more dinosaur paraphernalia than we do dollars by a long shot. The collection includes numerous dinosaur models (including some high-priced ones from the British Museum), a set...

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