Mr. Nature: Behold the Mighty Stegosaur

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Of all the Miller Co. wax dinosaurs I had in my childhood, only a couple of these Stegosaurs survive, a big one and a little one. For some reason, these were much less apt to be broken than the others.

And speaking of Stegosaur survival, there are persistent rumors that in the largely unexplored Likouala Swamps of the Republic of the Congo, a creature very like a Stegosaur still lives. The few people who live there call it mbielu-mbielu-mbielu, which means, I think, “What the hell was that?”

In western North America are found the best and biggest fossil Stegosaurs, Stegosaurus ungulatus and S. Stenops. Other species have been discovered in Europe, Tanzania, China, India, and, most recently, Australia (just footprints there, so far). So they must have been quite a successful group of animals.

There’s only so much we can learn from bones, though. Still puzzling are the exact arrangement of the armored plates along the Stegosaurus’ back and the seemingly inadequate size of its brain, indicative of a belief in socialism.

But we will learn much more when somebody finally captures a live mbielu-mbielu-mbielu.

And no, it’s not a fake fact I made up on the spot!

P.S.: Edgar Rice Burroughs, in his “Pellucidar” (prehistoric world inside the hollow earth) novels presented the Stegosaur as being able to glide through the air by lowering its back-plates, but he never found many takers for that theory.

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One response to “Mr. Nature: Behold the Mighty Stegosaur

  • UnKnowable

    When you speak of the Stegosaurus, you speak of the state dinosaur of Colorado, my beloved home state. (No, I do not support the legalization of recreational marijuana, so please do not conflate my being from Colorado as equating to pot smoking.) Anyhow, being a Coloradan dinosaur, it’s small brain must only be indicative of efficiency, not liberalism. 🙂

    Burroughs’ notion of gliding Stegos is a bit far fetched. I’m not an aeronautical engineer, but to my eye, the back-plates seem a bit small to be used as glider wings. Something tells me that the Stego was a laid back creature which spent a lot of time grazing and didn’t move fast at all. It had some good defense mechanisms in its tail and probably was seen as a low priority target by the predators of the time. They sure are interesting to look at, however.

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