This is the brand-new Tyrannosaurus reconstruction at the American Museum of Natural History in New York–complete with feathers. Scientists “know” T. rex had feathers because “closely related species” about a twentieth his size have left fossils with traces of something that might be feathers. So that’s how they “know.”
Sorry, I’m not buying this. For one thing, it looks shabby–more like a “winosaur” than a “dinosaur.” I mean, really, Turok Son of Stone would’ve laughed himself silly if he ever saw a Tyrannosaur that looked like a worn-out feather duster. Or a worn-out 1960s celebrity trying to make a comeback on a 1990s TV talk show.
Oh, well… If you can’t idly speculate about dinosaurs, what can you idly speculate about?
Make it idle enough and you just might win a chair at a prestige university.
Would you believe it? In our quest to post 40,000 comments, we have a mere 600 to go! The readers here should be able to do that standing on their heads. Although it would be easier to do, sitting down.
Ah! And what’s the prize for posting Comment No. 40,000? Well, it was going to be an autographed copy of my new book, The Temptation, which should be published pretty soon. But now, if I can swing it…
From the picturesque fjords of Norway! a genuine, live baby Tyrannosaurus rex! Pictured above, and pictures don’t lie. Just ask any TV noozie. The little girl in the picture is actually someone famous, disguised as a little girl. I am not at liberty to reveal her identity, but you know famous people never lie.
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Imagine a dinosaur about halfway between a Raptor and a T. rex, combining the nastiest features of both–crushing jaws full of dagger-teeth, with long, curved claws, smaller and more maneuverable than Rex, bigger and stronger than a Raptor.
Hi! Mr. Nature here, introducing Dryptosaurus, New Jersey’s most impressive predatory dinosaur. Its remains were discovered in 1866, in a geologic formation that I used to visit in my own fossil-hunting days. To this day we don’t have anything like a complete skeleton; but we do have enough to indicate a highly dangerous creature probably related to the much more famous Tyrannosaurus rex.
One of the things I loved about the “Jurassic World” movies was the artificially created dinosaur, “Indominus rex.” To me it looked just like a scaled-up Dryptosaurus–and that would be scary!
I like to imagine Dryptosaurus stalking its prey by night under the stars, along the dunes of Long Beach Island. I resist the temptation to volunteer anyone as prey.
Have you ever seen Walking with Dinosaurs? Tim Haines’ dinosaur recreations really are the most convincing. Here it’s Ankylosaurus fighting off Tyrannosaurus rex. The voice-over by Kenneth Branagh has been deleted and replaced with Godzilla music: from Godzilla versus Megalon, if I don’t miss my guess.
Anyhow, all this dino-stuff still has the power to stoke the fires of my imagination–and make me eager to get back to work on my book.
I have a zillion things to do today, and I don’t know when (or if) I’ll be able to sit down and write–so here’s something for your amusement in the meantime.
This is purported to be a genuine photo of a live Tyrannosaurus rex wandering around somewhere near a railroad crossing. We don’t think there were any railroads during the Tyrannosaur’s heyday, so this one must be a survivor.
Then again, it could be a fake.
But boy, oh, boy, would I have had fun with this when I was ten years old! I think I can still have some fun with it now.
Gee, how come living dinosaurs don’t show up on the White House lawn or in Central Park, New York City, where we can all see them? And what am I doing, writing pap like this the day after yet another mass shooting in America?
If I don’t turn away from the “real” news from time to time, it’ll destroy me.
And anyhow, what if those stories from New Guinea are true? Hey, a few years ago, the idea that you could find and study dinosaur soft tissue would have seemed like sheer lunacy. Now it’s done all the time. We do not yet have the official and bona fide scientific explanation of how soft tissue can survive 65 million, 100 million, years in the ground. (I see only two possible explanations: either our understanding of how animal remains get fossilized is totally all wet, or else those remains are much, much younger than Official Science will admit.)
Eyewitnesses describe a huge, two-legged monster with long, sharp teeth as inhabiting the environs of Lake Murray. They say they’ve seen it with their own eyes. A couple of the witnesses were Christian missionaries.
It makes me think again of that Wagon Train episode. If Bill Hawks had dropped what he was doing and ridden out among those hills and canyons, not very far away, would he have found Dimetrodons? We’ll never know, because he just did what the script called for and possibly the thought of Dimetrodons never crossed his mind.
But what if somewhere, somehow, someone does discover a living dinosaur and presents it to the world?
This hear is Godziller, I seen him on TV he is a dinasore! Evry interllectural knos thare is no God becose of dinasores.
I heared that guy who dose this blog talkin to his wive, they going to wach a movie abuot dinasoares today. Well that mad me lauhg!! He dont kno nothin abot dinasores becuse he is one of them christins and christins dont know nothin at alll.
Frinstence, us interllecturals at collidge we kno that dinasores proves that christinaity is not true and the Bibel is just a boookfull of hat speech and stories thatare not truue.
Take the Tryannosoros, also knon as Teerecks. It prooves Evolutoin is trough and ther is not no God! If thear was a God, then there woodnt be no Teerecks. My prefesser he explaned it to me.
Well i got to go now, thay are goin to try to make them moth-things fall out of my head and see if they cant finely give me wimmyn cromosoames. Even Katelyn Jender she dont got wimmyns cromosoames! It makes me wunder whatt kinder cromosoames those dinasores had that mad them get so big.
Got to run! Re-member, dinasores proove the Bibel is wrong abote everthing!!