Tuesday, October 14, 2014
The golden age of dinosaur discovery
According to John Pickrell, the editor of Australian Geographic, we live in a golden age of dinosaur discoveries. The most important of these may be that the dinosaurs didn’t die out when an asteroid hit earth 66 million years ago. In fact, they still live among us... as birds.
Imagine, if you will, a world filled with billions of dinosaurs. A world where they can be found in thousands of shapes, sizes, colours and classes in every habitable pocket of the planet. Imagine them from the desert dunes of the Sahara to the frozen rim of the Antarctic Circle, from the balmy islands of the South Pacific to the high peaks of the Himalayas.
You don’t have to imagine very hard. Dinosaurs didn’t die out when an asteroid hit the Earth 66 million years ago. In fact, wherever you live, you can probably step outside and look up into the trees and skies to find them: birds are dinosaurs and they are all around you.
We have learned more about dinosaurs in the two decades since Jurassic Park than we did in the thousands of years before it.
Everything I was told as a child was wrong.
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