Science Fact & Fiction: Dinosaur Edition

science fact

This is a dinosaur.  This is also a dinosaur.
Dinosaur Skeleton Fossil Bird (sparrow)

Dinosaurs are fascinating for many reasons. Since they went extinct so far outside of our experience, all we are left with is tantalizing clues into what they were like. We are also fascinated with their extinction itself, how it happened, and if it could happen to us. Though, we do still have some dinosaurs with us… birds are considered avian dinosaurs, and escaped the mass extinction of the non-avian dinosaurs. Want to learn more? We’ve got the right resources for you!

How to Build a Dinosaur by John Horner Rise and Fall of Dinosaurs by Stephen Brusatte
Tyrannosaurus Sue: the extraordinary saga of the largest, most fought over T. Rex ever found by Steve Fiffer The Four-Winged Dinosaur (DVD)
Walking with Dinosaurs (DVD) Link to PBS Eons on YouTube

science fiction

There are still many things that we don’t know about dinosaurs, which gives our imaginations plenty of room to run wild! Huge dinosaurs with giant claws and teeth are safe to imagine, because at the end of the day you can remind yourself that (most of them) are extinct. You can also indulge humanity’s desire for other sentient species in an exploration of humans and dinosaurs coexisting. Take yourself on a trip to what might have been with these books and movies!

Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton The Lost World by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Dinosaur Planet by Anne McCaffrey Dinotopia by James Gurney
Casual Rex by Eric Garcia Lake Placid (DVD)