When I was a kid, I loved dinosaurs. I know that hardly distinguishes me from tens of millions of children that were fascinated by them. I had books and little plastic ones that I would make “fight”. Grrrr. Arrrggh. Good stuff.
And, of course, I loved dinosaurs in books and movies and on TV. I was drawn to movies in which people were brought in contact with dinosaurs that had managed to survive until today – “The Lost World” “Journey to the Center of the Earth”, “King Kong”, even the old cult classic Saturday morning TV show “Land of the Lost”*.
As an ingredient in an adventure story, dinosaurs are a great plot device. The unfortunate aspect is that you have about 65,000,000 years of disbelief to suspend since the fossil record indicates that dinos died out at the end of the Cretaceous Period.
Well, it was with a little glee that I saw an abstract from Palaeontologia Electronica that purports to show new (and pretty controversial from what I gather) fossil evidence from a remote area of Northern New Mexico and southern Colorado that indicates the survival of hadrosaurs (at least a couple of them) for a half-million to million years after the Cretaceous Extinction Event.
Okay… okay. I know, even if these guys are right, there’s still no way that dinosaurs and humans could have ever co-existed. But a kid can still dream, right?
*Of course, in “Jurassic Park”, we brought the dinosaurs to us – which, well, seemed like a good idea at the time…