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Archive for December 21st, 2009

Monday, December 21, 2009

Dinosaur facts and fantasy

Tawa, ready for its close-up

Tawa, ready for its close-up

Listening to Sterling Nesbitt talk about Tawa hallae, the 215 million-year-old dinosaur that he and his colleagues wrote about in the Dec. 17, 2009 edition of Science, I was struck when he used the word “fantasy.”

Dinosaurs and fantasy are not strangers. From the imaginations of children enthralled by dinosaurs to Steven Spielberg’s special effects, our images of dinosaurs often exceed reality.

But really, how real can scientists be when talking about creatures that lived millions of years
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