New evidence for the divine: a plastic pterosaur

January 15, 2010 • 5:16 am

by Matthew Cobb

Animals are very good coincidence detectors. It’s how we learn. Bell rings, food comes, dog salivates. Light comes on, floor is shocked, rat avoids light. Humans are particularly good at it, so much that we end up feeling spooked when banal coincidences happen. “I just thought of you, then you phoned/mailed/turned the corner”. (Of course, we’re never struck by all those times that we thought of someone and they didn’t immediately hove into view). This capacity is at the root of all religions.

So I now declare that I have had a deeply moving experience because, no sooner had I blogged about pterosaurs yesterday, than this completely unlifelike pterosaur glider arrived, stuck to the cover of my youngest daughter’s copy of NG Kids (highly recommended). HOW SPOOKY IS THAT?

But what deity is responsisble? How can we praise him/her/it/them? What new Church should I set up? And how much should I charge?

To be honest, the question that is really preoccupying me is – how could they make a Pteranodon glider that looks more like a flying fish than a flying reptile?

11 thoughts on “New evidence for the divine: a plastic pterosaur

  1. Haha, awesome!

    And yeah, I know about that feeling. Happens every now and then. Creepy! But then I of course realize just what you wrote: what about those times you DON’T run into the person you think about?

    Selective memory ftw! \o/

    Or maybe not? :p

  2. My guess: it’s a Chinese manufacturer’s botched attempt at a flying dragon. Someone in the factory must have said: “This crap looks like a pteranodon”, and they took it from there.

  3. It’s obviously a transitional form somewhere between a fish and a reptile and a bird.

    Did you make a template so you could cut a sheet of balsa and make a whole squadron of ’em? Hmm … then again why cut by hand when a laser cutter can repeat the pattern so much quicker …

  4. I would like to second the plug for Nat Geo kids. I haven’t seen the pteranofish / ichthyodon glider yet though. That is awsome. My kids must be holding out on me.

  5. That’s what you get when trying to bypass millions of years of evolutionary processes. Just additional evidence that none of the christian gods could have done it either.

  6. Hilarious, Matthew!

    It’s been a pleasure reading all your contributions to Jerry’s blog during his trip to The Gal√°pagos Islands.

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