by Matthew Cobb
I promise I’m not making any of this up, but this afternoon, paleontology PhD student Holly Barden came to my office with a present from my colleague, dino-man Phil Manning. Phil was moving office and came across a great Lego construction toy that you could make into a Stegosaur (for reasons that I won’t go into, I have a huge collection of toy Stegosaurs). So far, so ordinary. Except… the Lego kit could also make A PTEROSAUR. And furthermore, LOOK AT THE NAME OF THE KIT. SIGNATURE ON THE LID!
Furthermore, this afternoon my kids were watching defunct UK prehistoric drama Primeval, in which PTEROSAURS came through the anomaly into modern day Britain. I rest my case. FOUR TIMES in TWO DAYS the divine pterosaur (yet again a Pteranodon – no coincidence I think) has spoken to me.
The fact that the Lego box could equally be a message from a Stegosaur god is neither here nor there:
In fact, my daughter Evie (11) and I are making the Stego kit right now – not an easy task! But just like real Stegosaurs, it does have eyes that flash red when you press a button at the back of its head, and great big carnivorous teeth. Eh? Oh.