Tuesday, March 27, 2012

[Geology2] When modern humans encountered their first dinosaur

When modern humans encountered their first dinosaur
EurekAlert [USA], March 12, 2012

It was the time of P.T. Barnum, when people would line up to see a
whitewashed elephant or a carefully faked petrified giant. But in 1868,
a display in Philadelphia proved that reality could be far stranger than
fiction. That year, the Academy of Natural Sciences showed the world its
first glimpse of a real dinosaur skeleton - a 15-foot-tall Godzilla
pulled from a pit in Haddonfield, N.J. The creature threatened to
obliterate the traditional picture of the universe. Along with Darwin's
theory and a revolution in geology, dinosaur fossils were opening the
human imagination to lost worlds on our own planet, separated by vast
epochs of time. It was a quantum leap from the neat, biblical picture of
a 6,000-year-old Earth, created with all of today's living things.



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