Dinosaur lovers lurk everywhere in New York and include the vast bulk of New Yorkers. And all those millions of New Yorkers and the even larger numbers of NYC visitors knows that when you want to thrill yet again at the hugeness, bulk and mystery of dinosaurs then the place to go is the American Museum of Natural History.
But things are changing in our understanding of dinosaurs. Over the last 10-15 years dinosaur study has lurched in a new direction propelled by the discovery of dinosaur fossils showing our idea of dinosaur skin being reptile-like needs to be modified by including feathers.
These new discoveries have revolutionized the understanding of the relationship between dinosaurs and current species in a direct line of descent from them…namely birds.
To honnor this new understanding the AMNH has mounted a great new exhition called ‘Dinosaurs among Us’. It’s fascinating and will have us all casting a rather more cautious and wary eye on the birds of today. Because armed with this new knowledge it is only too easy to see the relationship. Hitchcock was right when he filmed ‘The Birds’. Predatory some of them, very predatory.
Once you have seen the AMNH reproductions of feathered dinosaurs it’s impossible to ‘unsee’ this now well established relationship and while there is no chance of a small sparrow turning back into a huge hulking dinosaur, it certainly sends a primitive shiver down our spines. In the fast distant past the ancestors of these apparently innocent chirpers would have eaten us for lunch.
So go along to the AMNH and get your ‘updated’ dinosaur fix and adjust your sense of what these scary creatures look like.